June 2, 2022

Celebrate Juneteenth North of Boston This June

by Felicia Cheney

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Juneteenth falls every year on June 19th, and with so many cities across the commonwealth planning great events this month, there are lots of ways for you to show up and celebrate!

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is an American Holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, the date that enslaved Black people of Galveston, Texas, learned that President Abraham Lincoln had freed enslaved people in rebel states two and a half years earlier. This was the last group of enslaved Black people to learn of their freedom! 

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. Is a day to reflect on how far we have come and how we will continue to move forward. Juneteenth is The Black American Independence Day.

To learn more about Juneteenth, head to https://north-shore-juneteenth-assoc.constantcontactsites.com/

Where to Celebrate Juneteenth North of Boston

Check out these great events happening this month either online or on the North Shore.

“Rising Up & Moving Forward” Juneteenth Festival at Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts with the North Shore Juneteenth Association

North Shore Juneteenth Association, Inc. and Lynn Museum/LynnArts present “Rising Up & Moving Forward,” the 2022 Juneteenth Festival on Sunday, June 19th, from 11 am – 4 pm outdoors in the Frederick Douglass Memorial Park & Lynn Museum/LynnArts Park. Enjoy music, food for purchase, vendors, artists, and family activities.

Don’t forget to visit the Museum’s exhibition “Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn” (closing Friday, July 1st).

Miss Juneteenth – Community Conversations at The Cabot

Learn about the significance of the Juneteenth holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the US, through this entertaining, award-winning film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020.

Miss Juneteenth is a 2020 American drama film written and directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples and starring Nicole BeharieKendrick Sampson, and Alexis Chikaeze. The plot follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant. The film premiered at Sundance in January 2020. The film received critical acclaim from South by Southwest, the BlackStar Film Festival, and the National Board of Review. For the role, Nicole Beharie received a Gotham Award for Best Actress.


Exhibit: Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn | Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts | Currently On View

A collaborative exhibit between the Lynn Museum and members of Lynn’s Black community. This exhibit explores the history of Black people of Lynn from the colonial period to present day. Focusing on individuals, events, and thematic areas the exhibit covers a wide variety of topics, including culture and identity, the lives of free and enslaved people, and the significant leadership roles Black Lynners have played in the community.

JUNEteenth JAMboree with Soul Food Buffet and Live Music | Chianti, Beverly | Sat, June 18, 2022 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM 

We hope you’ll join us for this Juneteenth eve celebration at legendary Beverly, MA restaurant and music room — Chianti. Ticket price includes a soul food buffet and live music featuring Amadee Castenell, Henley Douglas, Jr & Friends.

Juneteenth & Father’s Day Celebration in Lowell | Muldoon Park | Sun, June 19, 2022 2:00 PM – 6:00 

Come celebrate Jubilee Day (aka Juneteenth) and Fathers Day with us! FREE of charge, FREE food and open to all.

Flag Raisings and City Celebrations

  • Newburyport – Friday, June 17th at 12pm at City Hall
  • Lynn – Tuesday, June 7th at 6:30pm at City Hall
  • Beverly – Time TBD
  • Marblehead – Wednesday, June 8th at 4:30pm at Abbot Hall
  • Salem – Saturday, June 18th at 3:00pm
  • Swampscott – Thursday, June 16th at 1pm at Town Hall
  • Gloucester – Sun, June 19, 2022 at 10am at Cape Ann Museum Green
  • Lowell – Saturday, June 18th at 11:00am at Lowell City Hall

Having a Juneteenth event you don’t see listed here? Send us a message at info@creativecollectivema.com

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