Juneteenth celebrations on Saturday all across MA

BOSTON — Juneteenth is being recognized as a federal holiday for the first time, and there are lots of celebrations and events happening all across Massachusetts Saturday.

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The Museum of Fine Arts is offering free admission in honor of Juneteenth. While timed-entry tickets are sold out, there are free events with special exhibits and activities happening all day on the museum’s outdoor campus.

The Dorchester Art Project is sponsoring a paint party from 3:30 - 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and include everything needed to create a canvas painting celebrating freedom.

Massachusetts Peace Action is hosting “Black Joy” rallies at Copley Square at noon and Carson Beach at 3 p.m.

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The events will feature speakers, music, information, and food, celebrating Black History and the state’s recognition of Juneteenth as an official holiday.

In Brookline, a Freedom March steps off at 10 a.m. and ends at Brookline Avenue Park.

There will be a celebration until 8 p.m. at the park that will include food, music, children’s games, and more.

In Brockton, a special pop-up shop at the Westgate Mall will feature Black-owned businesses from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

In Amherst, the town’s Juneteenth celebration features a variety of events starting at 10 a.m. and ending around 6 p.m. with a sunset reception.