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Celebrate Juneteenth With These Area Events

Sunday is Juneteenth and there are a number of events to celebrate the holiday in the Burlington area.

Juneteenth, officially called Juneteenth National Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It originated in Galveston, Texas and has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865. The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.

To mark the holiday, the Burlington Equity Coalition compiled a list of area events residents can attend. Here is the list they posted:

Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Woburn Public Library
(Sponsored by Social Capital Inc., the Woburn Public Library, and City of Woburn)
Juneteenth Flag Raising, Sunday, June 19 from  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lincoln Commons
(Sponsored by MaldenCORE, with funding from the City of Malden, Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP, and the Malden Cultural Council)
Juneteenth and Father’s Day Festival, Sunday, June 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Muldoon Park
(Sponsored by Black Lowell Coalition, Just Dream Inc, and RFBJ Chapter of BIG)
Juneteenth Reading of Frederick Douglas, Sunday, June 19 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Newton North High School
(Sponsored by New Art Center in Newton)
Juneteenth Freedom Day: Celebrating Black Joy, Sunday, June 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square
(Sponsored by Cambridge Families of Color Coalition)
Freedom March and Juneteenth Celebration, Sunday June 19 at 10 a.m. at Florida Ruffin Ridley School
(Sponsored by Town of Brookline)