BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — This is the first year Juneteenth is being recognized as an official holiday in Massachusetts, so there are several events being held leading up to June 19.
“This is a day to recognize the struggles of Black folks in America,” Acting Mayor Kim Janey stated at the ceremony.
Janey announced Wednesday that for the first time, the city of Boston will officially observe Juneteenth as a state holiday on Monday, June 21, 2021.
Accompanied by Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel Enoch Woodhouse, Janey raised the Juneteenth flag at City Hall around noon on Friday.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Janey and Gov. Charlie Baker will be at One Night in Boston in Nubian Square in Roxbury for music performances and a film premiere.
King Boston will also be sponsoring a multitude of Juneteenth events.
The list of other events happening in Boston this weekend: Here Are 11 Ways To Celebrate Juneteenth In Boston This Weekend
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@KarynRegal) reports from the Juneteenth flag-raising ceremony.