Portugal Day Festivities and U.C.L.A.N.J.
uniao de clubes luso americanos auda o dia de Portugal

The weekend of June 6-8th will be host to the largest ethnic festival in the state of New Jersey with over 300,000 people expected to visit the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ. The Ironbound is the heart of the largest Portuguese ex-pat community outside of Portugal or its former colonies, and it's all just a short train ride from New York City.

The festival begins on Friday, June 6th, and culminates on Sunday, June 8th.

The Festival hub is located at Peter Francisco Park, near the intersection of Ferry Street (renamed Portugal Ave during the Festival Weekend) and Edison Place. For outdoor festival eating, this is where you will be best served. There will be various food tents operated by local restaurants giving you a wide variety of Portuguese cuisine. Menu items include: our famous Portuguese BBQ chicken (better than any you've ever had - with just a little heat so that it enhances the flavor, but no so much that it's overpowering), grilled sardines, marinated eels, grilled chouriço, grilled pork loin sandwiches, seafood, wine, sangria, beer, etc. In addition to the food and drink, this location will be home to an enormous sound stage with live music, dance and cultural events throughout the weekend. Our musical acts will come to us direct from Portugal and the surrounding tri-state area, including our fantastic Ranchos Folcloricos. Once you’ve visited, you will definitely leave with a little bit of Portugal with you, whether that means bringing back fond memories of your past visits to Portugal or enlightening you to great culture.

In addition to this location, you will also find other places participating in the weekend’s festivities, such as the Iberia Castle lot located at the intersection of Ferry St. and Prospect St. or the SolMar lot located at the intersection of East Ferry St. and Niagara St.

For the Portuguese Community, Portugal Day is officially known as, “Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas (Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities). This is Portugal's National Day celebrated annually on the 10th of June.
Although officially observed only in Portugal, Portuguese citizens and emigrants throughout the world celebrate this holiday. The date commemorates the death of national literary icon Luís de Camões on June 10, 1580.

Quem é a Uniao de Clubes Luso - Americanos de New Jersey UCLANJ
Em Março de 2010, esta organização formalmente legalizada com o nome de “ União dos Clubes Luso Americanos de New Jersey ” com a sigla U.C.L.A.N.J .

Actualmente a associação é composta de 16 clubes afiliados:

  • Sport Newark e Benfica
  • Sport Maritimo Murtoense
  • Sport Newark Beira-Mar
  • Associação Casa do Ribatejo
  • P.A.P.A Portuguese American Police Association
  • Casa do Minho
  • Casa do Conselho de Arcos de Valdevez
  • Casa Trás dos Montes e Alto Douro
  • Lar dos Leõs NJ
  • Futebol Clube do Porto Newark
  • P.I.S.C Elizabeth
  • Rancho a Eira
  • Radio Luso American
  • Banda da Igreja Nossa Sra de Fátima de Newark
  • Clube dos Açores
  • União Desportiva Ferreirense

A finalidade da Organização é de ajudar os seus associados a resolver qualquer problema que estes se debatam.

Também desde 2010 e após desistência da Fundação Coutinho, somos nós “ U.C.L.A.N.J ” os Organizadores Oficiais do Dia de Portugal em Newark festejos estes, que tanto simbolismo tem para nós emigrantes Portugueses.