A national holiday since 2021, Juneteenth celebrates the history, culture, freedom, and pride of African American people. Held annually on June 19th across the country, the Juneteenth holiday commemorates the emancipation of Black slaves in America.
In fact, Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when news of the Civil War's end reached Galveston, Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2020, Boston officially made Juneteenth a Commonwealth holiday to recognize Black lives and the struggle for liberation in America.
Experience Juneteenth in America's oldest city with events, parties, and ceremonies throughout Boston's historic neighborhoods.
Juneteenth Boston 2022
Celebrate Juneteenth Boston with a weekend of festivities, June 17-19, starting with raising the Juneteenth Flag on Friday at noon at the State House. The Juneteenth celebration includes a 1.6-mile march through Roxbury, Massachusetts, a family beach day in Dorchester, and the Royalty Gala in Nubian Square. Honor Black brilliance, resilience, and heritage at this three-day celebration in Boston.
Juneteenth Celebration at Fenway Park
Be a part of the Juneteenth Celebration at Fenway Park on June 19 while cheering on the Boston Red Sox. Ticket holders get a Red Sox jersey in Juneteenth colors featuring the official Juneteenth flag. Fenway Park will also feature live entertainment and music on Jersey St. over the holiday weekend.
Juneteenth at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Honor the contributions of Black artists, scholars and creative voices at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Experience a day of outdoor programs to celebrate Juneteenth-the oldest nationally recognized commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S.
The museum invites the community to an open house with free activities, art making and admission to the new exhibition, Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas. This exhibit showcases the works of New England artists that reinterpret African artistry.
Juneteenth Joy at Hyde Park in Boston
Spend the holiday weekend at Hyde Park's annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday June 18, 2022. Held at Martini Hatch Shell in the Hyde Park area, the event called "Juneteenth Joy: Focus on Freedom" will present live performances, exhibits, and vendors.
Juneteenth at Bow Market
Enjoy the Juneteenth celebration at Bow Market in nearby Sommerville, MA. The event showcases Black art and culture through live music, live art, entertainment, and food. Juneteenth at Bow Market also features a shopping bazaar with local black-owned businesses.
Celebrate Juneteenth at Hotel Revere Boston Common
Located in the vibrant Back Bay neighborhood, the Revere Hotel Boston Common puts you in touch with Juneteenth events around Boston. Inspired by the rebellious spirit of Boston and our namesake Paul Revere, our boutique hotel is immersed in the city's diverse culture and creativity.
Enjoy your summer weekend in luxury guest rooms and suites
with modern style and Boston skyline views. Celebrate Juneteenth at Rooftop@Revere with craft cocktails and seasonal bites overlooking the Back Bay.
For easy Boston travel planning, Revere Hotel offers curated hotel specials and packages
with artful accommodations, parking, and culinary experiences. Book our Boston Dining Package
with a $100 food credit at Rebel's Guild and a 3 pm late check-out - the perfect Juneteenth getaway.