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City of Everett celebrates Juneteenth

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The Everett community united in celebration with music, food and activities for all at Everett Stadium


The City of Everett hosted a Juneteenth celebration at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium alongside community members and elected officials. The event kicked off with Bishop Robert Brown welcoming everyone to the event and introducing guest speakers Mayor Carlo DeMaria, State Senator Sal DiDomenico and State Representative Judith Garcia to offer their greetings and speak about the importance of celebrating Juneteenth together as a community. The event included spectacular performances, beginning with soloist Janey David performing the Black National Anthem and the United States National Anthem. This was followed by performances by Angelena Hightower & the Unit, Big Redd’s House, DJ Troy Anthony, Drummers of Peace, The Woo Factor Band and Zion Praise Team throughout the event. Those who attended were able to enjoy some delicious food and a variety of activities on the field and listened and danced to the music.

“Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us and took part in the festivities,” said Mayor DeMaria. “I’m glad our community was able to come together to celebrate this significant moment in our country’s history while also recognizing and educating each other about the importance of Juneteenth.”

Juneteenth, which is a nationally recognized holiday on June 19 in the United States, celebrates when in 1865 Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued an order declaring that “all slaves are free.” This was one of the last places in the United States where slaves were formally freed after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.

Mayor DeMaria would like to thank all who contributed to make this a successful event for the Everett community.

If you would like to know about all the upcoming events the City of Everett has planned, please visit cityofeverett.com/calendar/category/events/list. You can also follow social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: Facebook: @cityofeverettma and @mayordemaria. Instagram: @cityofeverettma and @mayorcarlodemaria. Twitter: @Mayor_DeMaria. All residents are welcome to join in the many exciting events they have planned.

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