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Posted on: June 10, 2022

Celebration Under the Stars, Juneteenth, Boro Beach and more with Parks & Rec on “The Insider"

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The Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Department details plans for Celebration Under the Stars and the Juneteenth celebration on the June edition of “The Insider,” beginning Monday, June 13.

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Celebration Under the Stars, powered by Middle Tennessee Electric and Pyro Shows, will be held at the Fountains at Gateway, 1500 Medical Center Parkway, for the third year, Monday, July 4. Food trucks, music and family activities will begin at 4 p.m. with “The Pilots” taking the stage at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m. 


Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved persons in the United States, will be observed in Murfreesboro with three events: Author’s Night (June 16); Kaleidoscope (June 17) and the Juneteenth Celebration (June 18). All three free events will take place at Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center, 415 S. Academy Street. 


Parks Director Nate Williams and Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center Facility Coordinator Vonchelle Stembridge are featured guests on “The Insider,” the City’s monthly podcast with host Mike Browning.     


Topics discussed with Williams and Stembridge include:

  • Celebration Under the Stars invites the public to enjoy festivities from 4-10 p.m. July 4 with free parking, food trucks, music, and other activities before fireworks.   
  • The 19th annual Juneteenth celebration has expanded to three blocks this year with Author’s Night (July 16), Kaleidoscope (July 17), Juneteenth festival (July 18) with 8 food truck vendors and 75 other vendors and five bands performing. 
  • Juneteenth became recognized as a federal holiday with the signing by President Biden in 2021. The holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the last state of Texas, June 19, 1865, two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. 
  • Movies Under the Stars feature family-friendly films throughout June and July, at Barfield Crescent Park (Monday), Richard Siegel Neighborhood Park (Tuesday), Patterson Park (Friday) and Fountains at Gateway (Saturday). Food trucks are also available at the free event in 2022.  
  • Boro Beach opened Memorial Day weekend and is open 7 days a week through Labor Day. The pool at Sports*Com is a popular Parks destination throughout the summer.  

The July 4th Celebration Under the Stars is sponsored by MTE, the City of Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Parks & Rec, Murfreesboro Police Department, and Murfreesboro Fire Rescue.  


The three-day Juneteenth Celebration will be observed with the following events:  

  • Authors’ Night, authors discuss and sign works –Thurs., June 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Kaleidoscope, local vendors highlight resources – Friday, June 17, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Juneteenth Celebration – Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information on Parks & Recreation programs and facilities, visit. For more information about Juneteenth and Bradley Academy, contact Vonchelle Stembridge at 615-962-8773 or


Visit Bradley Academy, 415 S. Academy, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 3 p.m.  


“Insider” produced by award-winning producer Michael Nevills every month in the studios located in Murfreesboro City Hall.   


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