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Juneteenth 2024 Events: Week 2

“Juneteenth,” commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, that all enslaved people were free, in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863. This day, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States and is celebrated with various activities including parades, cultural events, and educational programs to honor African American heritage and promote understanding of the historical significance of this milestone.

Juneteenth is being celebrated throughout Massachusetts, both before and after the official day of celebration (June 19). The below list is not neccesarily complete; please send any events not listed to Joshua Murray (murray@nonotuck.com) for inclusion.

See Also: Juneteenth 2024 Events, Week 1


June 17

The History of Emancipation & Juneteenth

Shrewsbury Public Library 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545

The History of Emancipation & Juneteenth is a 90-minute slide presentation which begins with a short history of the Abolitionist movement from the 1830s through the Civil War. Then the discussion will turn to all the slavery connected causes of the Civil War and the growing hue and cry for the end of slavery. Additionally, the election of Abraham Lincoln will be examined spotlighting his views on slavery and African Americans. 


June 18

ADDP Juneteenth Virtual Event

ADDP is hosting a Juneteenth virtual event during its membership meeting on Tuesday, June 18, from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM. The event's theme, "Remembrance, Celebration, and Respect," will highlight the importance of intersectionality and the power of voting.
Featured speakers include Dr. Jessica Pebble, Chief Diversity and Culture Officer at RFK Community Alliance and 2023 ADDP DEIB Award recipient; Nichole Bourke, AFC Placement Specialist at Nonotuck Resource Associates, Inc. and 2022 ADDP DEIB Award recipient; and Sean Rose, President and CEO of Thrive and Co-Chair of the ADDP DEIB Board Committee.
Additionally, recorded remarks will be provided by Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell.



Juneteenth Day Story walk at Osterville Public Library

43 Wianno Ave. Osterville, Massachusetts

A Story about a National Holiday and a young Black child who experiences the magic of this local parade for the first time in Galveston, TX the birthplace of Juneteenth.


June 19

Greenfield Juneteenth Celebration

61 Beacon Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 

Featuring a parade, music, a fashion show, and dancing!


Westford's First Juneteenth Flag Raising & Celebration

Westford Town Common Lincoln Street Westford, MA 01886

Join us for Westford's First Juneteenth Flag Raising & Celebration! We will meet at 9am June 19 on Westford Town Common for a morning of community celebration with intention and reflection.


Love and Basketball Screening

Amherst Cinema 28 Amity Street Amherst, MA 01002

This Juneteenth screening is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the box office only on a first-come, first-served basis, either in advance or at the door.

Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps star as basketball-obsessed next-door neighbors who find love over flirtatious pickup games, fall apart under the strain of high-pressure college hoops and families, and drift in and out of each other’s lives as they pursue their twin aspirations of playing professionally.


Juneteenth Observance and Flag Raising

1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, 397 Main Street, Hyannis MA

Please join us for an observance and flag-raising ceremony honoring the Juneteenth holiday. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from 1:00-1:30 PM in the outside courtyard of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum at 397 Main Street, Hyannis.

Join the Town of Barnstable, legislative and community leaders, as well as members of the Cape Cod Branch NAACP and Amplify POC, Inc. and the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum in commemorating this vital part of American history and celebrating the progress towards equality.

Juneteenth Celebration

Drummer Boy Park
All are welcome to join the Town of Brewster for music, food, and activities at Drummer Boy Park for a celebration of Juneteenth. Enjoy a fun day of talented performers, interesting activities, educational entertainment, and more, all in honor of Juneteenth.  Stay for the whole event or stop by for a quick visit!  


Juneteenth Block Party

Florida Ruffin Ridley School 345 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446

Brookline For the Culture's Juneteenth celebration will surely be a hit this year! Join us for a day of family-friendly fun featuring music, food, activities, and more in the form of a block party. This year’s block party will be held on Wednesday, June 19th, from 12 pm to 4 pm.

14th Annual Boston Juneteenth Emancipation Observance

Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists 300 Walnut Ave Boston, MA 02119

Celebrate Freedom and Black Joy at the 14th Annual Boston Juneteenth Emancipation Observance.


Juneteenth Celebration at Windmill Village

Brewster Historical Society 739 Lower Road Brewster, MA 02631United States 

Come celebrate Juneteenth with us at the Brewster Historical Society Windmill Village as we open for the 2024 season. 

The c.1795 Harris-Black House and Higgins Farm Windmill will open for guided tours and the c.1867 Hopkins Blacksmith Shop with its original wood forge will offer blacksmith demonstrations.

Information about the early history of slavery in Brewster will be displayed at both the Windmill Village and the Cobb House Museum. Both locations will be free of charge.


Juneteenth Celebration at Highfield Hall

56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA 02540

Join us for a Juneteenth Celebration under the tent, co-sponsored with the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee. There will be activities for all ages! Dance to the tunes of Crocodile River Music from 11-11:45 am, enjoy refreshments and conversation, or take a reflective walk in Beebe Woods.

There will be information about the Juneteenth celebration, coloring pages for children, lawn games and maps of several paths for contemplative strolls. A Juneteenth children’s book will be featured for our Storywalk on the Beech Tree Trail. And more! This event is FREE and Highfield Hall will be open to tour. Rain or shine.

Red Cross Juneteenth Blood Drive at the Osterville Village Library

Osterville Village Library 43 Wianno Ave. Osterville, Massachusetts

In recognition of Juneteenth, join the fight against Sickle Cell Disease by donating blood with the American Red Cross at the Osterville Village Library on Wednesday June 19th from 9am until 5pm.


Free Admission at the Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609, USA


Buy Black Market | Juneteenth Celebration

718 Main Street, Fitchburg MA

Celebrate Juneteenth at an event that transforms Fitchburg City Hall into a vibrant hub of culture, music, and education. The Buy Black Market Juneteenth Celebration is your chance to connect with the community in a festive, informative, and empowering setting.


Juneteenth Celebration at Hardwick Winery

Hardwick Vineyard & Winery, 3305 Greenwich Rd, Hardwick, MA
Join us in celebrating Juneteenth, Freedom Day, at Hardwick Winery! Serving up seasonal fresh sangrias and wine slushees!


Free Admission to Old Sturbridge Village

On June 19, 2024, we will commemorate and explore the history, resilience, and culture of Black people in America. We encourage visitors to consider the historical and present-day significance of Juneteenth through interactions with guest speakers and performers as well as Old Sturbridge Village’s costumed educators. Engage in discussions and ask yourself “what can I do to further educate myself?” about the past and how it informs the present day. We will also welcome several special guests!


Frederick Douglass Reading: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

42-50 Snow Street, Fitchburg, MA

 Celebrate the Juneteenth Holiday with us! Celebrate improvements made to Fitchburg Abolitionist Park Project, since last Juneteenth! Learn more about what’s to come!


June 20

Juneteenth Celebration with Michael Carabello

236 Main Street Southbridge, MA 01550

Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to celebrate Juneteenth with a performance by Michael Carabello. Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library.


Jubilee! A Juneteenth Concert of Early New England Music

Deerfield Community Center 16 Memorial Street Deerfield, MA 01342 United

An all-star ensemble of early American music performers present a concert featuring lively Abolitionist psalmody, spirituals, dance tunes, and chamber music from the repertoire of regional African American composers and band leaders. This includes the music of Greenfield’s own John Putnam (c. 1817–1895), “the father of contradance music,” and selections from a newly discovered manuscript of music by early Connecticut composer and fiddler Sawney Freeman. The ensemble will perform on period  New  England  instruments and be joined by local “shapenote” singers, led by Historic Deerfield musician in residence Tim Eriksen.


David Eure & Lee Adler Juneteenth Celebration

Wellfleet Preservation Hall 335 Main St Wellfleet, MA 02667

David Eure virtually transforms the violin into a human voice, embodying a soulful sound with precision, clarity and finesse. He effortlessly bridges classical and jazz styles with elegant aplomb.

David Eure has performed with N'Kenge, Yoron Israel, Yusef Lateef, Ran Blake, Webster Lewis, Doron Richard Johnson, Kim Trusty, Avi Rothbard, Aaron Goldberg, Gary Valente, Cecil McBee, George Russell Jr. and Christine Correa. He has also opened for 8-time Grammy nominated artist Kirk Whalum, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens and Rick Danko. He has also performed solo for President Clinton. He continues to record and perform jazz in the U.S. and is a jazz violin instructor at the New England Conservatory of Music (Prep. & CE – Jazz Faculty).


June 22

Jubilee Festival

55 Narragansett Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

A celebration of freedom, joy, culture and community. Our 4th annual Jubilee Festival: a weekend of film, music, discussions and intentional gathering.


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