FRAMINGHAM – For the second year, Framingham Community Vibes has organized a Juneteenth celebration for the community.
President Joseph Biden made Juneteenth the 12th federal holiday in 2021.
Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.
Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.
In July 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Juneteenth as a Massachusetts holiday.
Heading up the Framingham Juneteenth event are Rick Utaegbulam and Omawali Stewart. Framingham’s Citizen Participation Officer Keziah Franca is part of the committee organizing the event.
The 2022 event is free but organizers want individuals to pre-register at this link by June 13.
This year, the event will be held at Farm Pond Park on Saturday, June 18 from 2 to 7 p.m.