Honor the Past & Celebrate the Future

Be part of the 35th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival this Monday, September 2nd


Did you know that the famous Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 started right here at Riverwalk? Take a moment to read more about this incredible event that started a movement that would create fair wages for workers, give women a voice and change child protection laws across the country. Then step out to join the only Labor Day Festival on the east coast to commemorate the important contributions the Lawrence Strikers made to the history of the labor movement.

The 35th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival takes place on Labor Day, September 2, 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on the Common in Lawrence. Experience this free, open air celebration that features fun for the whole family. It all starts with a ceremony at the Strikers’ Monument across from City Hall, sponsored by the Strikers’ Monument Committee. Then visit the Lawrence History Live tent to hear from popular speakers, like Katherine Paterson, famed author of the young adult book Bread and Roses Too, Richard McCarthy, with a poem on “Mill Work,” Steve Thornton speaking on his new book, Good Troubleand many more. Plus, the Community Corner will have a Soap Box, in the tradition of the free speech activism of the Wobblies and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.  


Enjoy a variety of children’s programs like the Bread and Puppet Theater, take a Trolley Tour of historic Lawrence and hear a host of musical performances. Featured artists include Ani CorderoJulie RhodesEzkiel’s Wheels, Andes Sol, TMP EmpireRenee GoustStl Gld and more!

Click here to learn more about this fun, family event, it’s all happening this Monday, September 2nd.