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Both Athens and Nelsonville hosted some Fourth of July activities this year, despite an ongoing pandemic. In Nelsonville, Thunder in the Valley garnered quite the crowd, and motorists were instructed to park with wide berths for their group. Nelsonville photos by Heather Willard.

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Individuals affected by Ohio University's 2020 personnel cuts rallied on East State Street during the morning of Saturday, June 27. Allies and union members were also present. Messenger photos by Heather Willard.

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A celebration of Juneteenth, the day Black people were freed from slavery in Texas in 1865, was held in Athens Friday, June 19. The event was also a protest to support Black Lives Matter, mirroring protests and celebrations across the nation. Photos by Heather Willard.