Juneteenth

This year marks the first anniversary of the Juneteenth holiday in the United States.

Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865 proclamation of freedom for the enslaved people in Texas, the last state of the Confederacy with slavery. While Juneteenth is considered the "longest-running African-American holiday” and has been called "America's second Independence Day,” it wasn’t recognized as a federal holiday until 2021.

At Pine Street Inn we are committed to being a home for all. Thank you to those who lift this country up and continue to fight for equality. We encourage you to visit the Black-owned businesses found in the links below and/or take part in Juneteenth events happening throughout the coming days.


 


Juneteenth Events 2022

  • Ongoing – Reflecting Attucks: This virtual exhibit examines the memory of Crispus Attucks, a man of African & Native descent who was the first to die in the Boston Massacre that sparked the American Revolution. Learn more & get tickets.
  • Ongoing – Walk the Black Heritage Trail: Take a walking tour of the largest collection of historic sites in the country relating to the life of a free African American community prior to the Civil War. Self-guided and Ranger-guided tours are available. Learn more & register.
  • Ongoing – Visit the Museum of African American History: Exhibits, programs, and educational activities at the Museum showcase the powerful stories of Black families who worshipped, educated their children, debated the issues of the day, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom. Learn more.
  • June 13 – 17 – Embrace Ideas Festival 2022: The festival features Five days of embracing music, art, culture, ideas, joy, and community that culminates in a Juneteenth celebration. Learn more & get tickets.
  • June 16 – Juneteenth at Bow Market: Bow Market is home to several Black Owned Businesses. Visit for an evening to commemorate Juneteenth at Bow Market. Features DJ sets, live musical performances, an art showcase, food specials, and more. Learn more & get tickets.
  • June 17 – March to Freedom: Juneteenth Rally/March through Roxbury showcasing what Black brilliance and Black resilience looks like. The march is 1.6 miles long and includes Black culture, heritage, and brilliance. Learn more & register.
  • June 17 –Memoirs of a Black Girl: Join writer and director Thato Rantao Mwosa for a special screening and discussion of "Memoirs of a Black Girl." Learn more & register.
  • June 18 – Juneteenth Joy: Focus on Freedom – A Hyde Park Celebration: This outdoor festival and celebration of Black history includes performances, speeches, and family activities. Learn more.
  • June 18 – Juneteenth at Franklin Park: Roxbury Homecoming and a celebration of when the last slaves were freed. Picnics, barbecues, music, and dancing at the Shattuck Picnic Grove and all over the park. Learn more.
  • June 18 – Art on the Plaza: Join MassArt Art Museum as they raise up individuals, like Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, who took a stand for justice and liberation. Kite making, art, music, and family fun. Learn more.
  • June 18 – Juneteenth Carson Beach Day: This family beach day is part of the Juneteenth Boston series of events. Learn more.
  • June 18 – Juneteenth Fest 2022: Celebrate Juneteenth at Farm Pond in Framingham. The event is a time of education, enrichment, and empowerment to commemorate an important moment in American history. Food, music, games, and more. Learn more & register.
  • June 18 – Norwood Juneteenth: Celebrate Norwood’s first annual Juneteenth event. Educate, celebrate, and enjoy the featured art, performances, and food. Learn more.
  • June 18 – Juneteenth Poetry Slam: An Evening of rhythm, rhymes, and reparations. This is a free in-person and online event hosted by DiDi Delgado and Amanda Shea. Learn more.
  • June 18-20 –Juneteenth Cambridge 2022: Multiple events happening throughout Cambridge all weekend long that culminate in a parade through Central Square on June 20. See the event schedule.
  • June 19 – Juneteenth Celebration at Fenway Park: Red Sox vs. Cardinals. Purchase tickets via this special offer and receive a Red Sox jersey in Juneteenth colors featuring the Juneteenth flag. The day includes cultural entertainment including music on Jersey St. Learn more & get tickets.
  • June 19 – Juneteenth 2022 Celebration @Newton: This promises to be a fantastic family day with food by Gourmet Kreyol and others, vendors including Black-owned businesses, music by DJ Firestarta, kids' activities, art exhibits, and performers. Learn more.
  • June 19 – Juneteenth Royalty Gala: This Gala hosted by the Nubian Square Foundation celebrates freedom. Part of the Juneteenth Boston series of events. Learn more & get tickets.
  • June 23 – History Of Juneteenth – the First African American Holiday: Join the Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library and Muqeedah Publishing to explore the importance of Juneteenth. Learn more.
  • June 23 – Roxbury International Film Festival: The Roxbury International Film Festival is the largest New England film festival dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color. This is a hybrid film festival. Learn more & get tickets.
  • June 30 – Juneteenth Open House at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Free admission. Family-friendly events include art-making, performances curated by SIDE Presents, and “Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas.” Learn more.