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Amherst, Juneteenth

June 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT

On Saturday, June 19th 2021, for the first time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday. The Town of Amherst, in partnership with The Civil War Tablet Committee and The Mill District, will celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong event spread over four locations. Uplifting African American culture, traditions, and community heroes near and far, including Amherst residents Christopher, John, Henry, James and Charles Thompson who served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry among the Soldiers in Texas for the liberation. They are laid to rest in the West Cemetery located in Amherst Center.

Juneteenth Amherst Event 2021 Snapshot: Saturday, June 19th 

Tribute to our Soldiers 10:00 am at the West Cemetery in Amherst Center

Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit 11:00 am at the Bangs Center Courtyard (70 Boltwood Walk)

Community Jubilee 1:00 pm on the Amherst Town Common with entertainment and food available for purchase from local BIPOC vendors.

Sunset Reception 6:00 pm at The Mill District in North Amherst featuring an artist collective and fashion show

June 19th or Juneteenth celebrates the day Major General Gordan Granger led US troops into Galveston in 1865 to take over Texas, one of the final hold out states to admit defeat during the Civil War, enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and formally marked the day that all slaves in the United States were freed.

Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment.


June 19, 2021
10:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT


Downtown Amherst
Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map