June 19th is celebrated and commemorated in the United States as the anniversary of when enslaved persons in parts of Texas first learned of their liberation in 1865. Juneteenth, as this annual event is named, is observed in Boston and all over our nation in a festive and poignant way with food, art, music, dance and remembrance of the history of slavery and freedom… a day to celebrate emancipation, freedom, Black history and culture.

We know there is still so much work to be done in the fight to end racial injustice, but at Healthworks Group, we continue to push for equality for all and educate ourselves. Please join as us as we celebrate and support our incredible Black community far and wide.

Ways to Celebrate:

  • 3rd Annual Juneteenth Parade & Celebration – Wednesday, June 19 and presented by the City of Cambridge, the parade will begin at Cambridge City Hall at 10am, ending at Riverside Press Park where a celebration will follow until 4pm
  • 4th Annual Town of Brookline Juneteenth Celebration  Wednesday, June 19 with a 10am Freedom March beginning at the Florida Ruffin Ridley School and proceeding to the Brookline Avenue Playground (575 Brookline Ave.), where a celebration will follow from 11am-4pm
  • Embrace Ideas Festival 2024 – Thursday, June 20-Friday, June 21 at the Design and Media Center at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. This yearly celebration grounded in arts, ideas, culture and public scholarship, with a goal of bringing together local, state and national leaders to amplify anti-racism
  • Juneteenth: A Block Party – Wednesday, June 19 at the Florida Ruffin Ridley School (345 Harvard Street, Brookline) from 12-6pm with includes vendors, games, food trucks, a live DJ and more!
  • MFA Boston’s Juneteenth Celebration Enjoy free admission all day and special events on Wednesday, June 19

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