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Nashville Celebrates Juneteenth

by PRIDE Newsdesk

A vendor at the 2nd Annual Music City Freedom Festival Juneteenth Celebration in 2021.

Juneteenth is observed on June 19, which falls on a Sunday this year. It was passed as a federal holiday in 2021, and a Nashville Metro paid holiday this year. Locally, many events are being held to commemorate this new holiday, and here are just a few of them. Next week in the June 17 edition of the PRIDE we will examine the history and background of Juneteenth.

Saturday, June 18th & Sunday, June 19th, from 12 Noon to 8 pm, the 3rd Annual Music City Freedom Festival, billed as Nashville’s Juneteenth Celebration, will be held at the historic Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave. North. This FREE event will be full of family-friendly fun for all. Celebrating our culture, our community, our music, our food, and our community’s businesses, there will be local food trucks, local vendors to shop from, and even inflatables for children. They will also have local live bands performing, and a local live DJ mixing it up. So, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show, food, and the shopping. Social Distancing measures and CDC Guidelines will be in effect.

The Nashville African American Wind Symphony (NAAWS) is elated to announce its debut concert. Come celebrate with them at their Juneteenth show, “A Celebration of Freedom!” It will be Sunday, June 19 at 4:00 pm, in McAfee Concert Hall on the campus of Belmont University, 2108 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. This is a family-friendly event. Tickets, $18.00 General Admission, can be purchased at: tinyurl.com/JuneteenthNAAWS . Tickets are free for Children 5 and under.

Juneteenth615, in conjunction with the African American Cultural Alliance, will commemorate Juneteenth at Nashville’s Fort Negley Park, 1100 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville, 37203, Sunday, June 19, from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. A Proclamation Ceremony will include a family/community gathering with libations, performance art and history. It will be a time for reflection and rejoicing, with music, fireworks, African drummers, dancers and other live performances, and include Taste of Freedom, where Nashville’s coolest food trucks band together in the name Freedom.

Join the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) for their weekend of celebrations, including FREE Museum admission Saturday, June 18, which is Community day at NMAAM. It will feature educational program sessions and celebratory activities in an environment of inclusiveness that speaks to multiple generations. During normal business hours, NMAAM will feature local artists through their Emerging Artists series, community partners in their Homegrown Room, and music educators through their From Nothing to Something program. Homegrown Room and From Nothing to Something programs are free with RSVP on the NMAAM website.

Sunday, the NMAAM Juneteenth Block Party runs from 11 am – 4 pm on Food Assembly’s Skydeck at Fifth and Broadway. The Block Party will include live performances by O.N.E. the Duo, The Shindellas, Jeverson, Mike Floss, Willie Jones, Ray Parker, and DJ Collipark, artists of different genres celebrating the freedom that comes through musical expression. The event is open to the public (21+ and over), FREE with RSVP on the NMAAM website.

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