Juneteenth Celebration Planned on Bedford Common ~ Sunday, June 19, 3 to 4 pm

Community groups have organized a celebration of Juneteenth on Bedford Common—Sunday, June 19, from 3 to 4 p.m


Side with Black Lives Bedford is engineering the event, in solidarity with the Parents Diversity Council and Bedford Embraces Diversity.

Mark Bailey, one of the organizers, said the celebration will feature activities for all ages, such as lawn games, poetry and songs, children’s books, and creation of original Juneteenth flags.

Plans also call for serving strawberry soda, which for a variety of reasons has been identified with the history of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, a federal and state holiday, “is known as our nation’s second Independence Day, celebrating the day in 1865 when the official proclamation of freedom was announced in the last state where people were enslaved in this country,” Bailey explained

“This is a time of celebration and hope,” he continued. “We hope the whole community will join us in body or in spirit as we celebrate the progress we’ve made and rededicate ourselves to building a more just and sustainable future with our children, who represent our best hope.”

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763

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