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2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Community Event

The Community is invited to the Second Annual Bellingham Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 4 pm to Dusk at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W Holly St., Bellingham. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth Celebrations are a positive platform for encouraging the acceptance of diversity and offer an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the sacrifices and challenges enslaved Americans endured to achieve freedom. This will be the second year that Bellingham will host a Juneteenth Celebration that honors and celebrates freedom of all people. We invite you bring your food and blanket to spread on the grass around the Maritime Amphitheatre for this community picnic. There will be live music by Funk/Soul/R&B Band Miz Floes & Sound, Jazz/Blues Band, J. Sherwood Jazz Project, Hip Hop Drof Goldz, a live dance performance by Rumba Northwest, step dance, kids korner, food vending, a gospel choir, community organizations tabling, and more. Kristina Michele, founder of Whisky Productions will be mc’ing and directing the flow. This event is free and open to the public, and drop-ins are welcome. Maritime Heritage Park is wheelchair accessible, and members of the Juneteenth 2019 planning committee will be available for any questions or accommodation requests from the community. Please contact Bellingham Unity Committee at bhamunitycommittee@gmail.com for more details.