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Monday, October 9th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The day is celebrated instead of Columbus Day in Boston, and over two dozen other cities and towns in Massachusetts. It honors indigenous American peoples, and commemorates their histories and cultures. If you’re looking for a way to observe the day, there are several museums and events that are free on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Things to do on Indigenous Peoples’ Day (and year round)

If you’re looking for a way to honor and celebrate Indigenous peoples, the Massachusetts Center For Native American Awareness has several great suggestions. Things to do to celebrate and recognize the lives, culture, and experiences of Indigenous peoples. Here are some to try.

  • Share and Read Books by Indigenous Peoples. The history of Indigenous peoples is not only left untold, it is excluded, twisted or diminished on purpose.  By reading these books, you can “flip the script” on this past history.
  • Purchase from Local Indigenous Businesses – Consider Indigenous businesses, large and small, when purchasing items for you and your family.

  • Skip Columbus Day – Begin a new tradition with family and friends of observing Indigenous Peoples Day.

  • Share Knowledge About Indigenous Peoples Day – Use your company’s reach and influence to teach others about Indigenous Peoples Day.

How are museums free for the day?

Every year on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Fenway Alliance’s Opening Our Doors Festival offers free admission to museums around the city. The Opening Our Doors festival is Boston’s largest day of free cultural experiences. The festival was started by the Fenway Alliance in 2001. It’s central mission is to “open the doors” of Boston’s most iconic & historic institutions for a free day of music, art, creativity, performances, and cultural experiences.

Here are some of the great events happening in and around Boston. And the best part? They’re all free!

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