#DestSalem Photos We Loved in June 2020

We love seeing everyone’s posts from around Salem, Massachusetts on social media and wanted to share a few of our favorites from last month. Check out our favorite images of Salem from June 2020 below, and use #DestSalem in your own posts to share your photos with us for our July roundup!

June brought lots of outdoor dining to Salem! Many outdoor spaces around town were transformed into dining areas and many visitors and locals came out to support Salem’s foodie scene all month long. Ordering off the raw bar menu at Finz Seafood & Grill was the perfect way to spend a sunny June day! For a full list of Salem restaurants and to see who is now open for indoor and/or outdoor dining and takeout/delivery, visit salem.org/eat.

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It's a beautiful day for outdoor dining in #SalemMA! Stop by @finzseafoodsalem or their sister restaurant @sealevel_oysterbar for oysters and drinks with waterfront views 🦪⁣ ⁣ 👀 After lunch, stick around Pickering Wharf and #ShopSmall at:⁣ @circlestitches (curbside pickup)⁣ @diewithbootson (order online) ⁣ @enchantedsalem⁣ @fishprinter⁣ @themarblefaunbooksandgifts (order online)⁣ @merrybrightsalem (order online)⁣ @partridgeinabeartree⁣ @rjcoinsjewelry (order online)⁣ @salemdipity⁣ @thewitcherysalem @style_snoop⁣ @the_cauldron_black (order online/by appt.)⁣ ⁣ For more places to shop and dine in #DestSalem, visit Salem.org/shop (and don't forget to take the #SalemTogether pledge and join us in keeping employees, visitors, and residents safe 😷 Swipe for details ➡️

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Local artists have been hard at work dressing up some of the concrete barriers that separate new outdoor dining spaces from the street. Here’s a look at some of the art created by @annadidathing for the barriers along Derby Street:

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Community Vibes (2/2) 🌀💛✨⁣ ⁣ I was commissioned by the city of Salem to transform the Jersey barriers that lined Derby Street into one long mural. I wanted to paint somewhat of a love letter to Salem. I know Salem is known for its history and for Halloween celebrations, but it’s so much more than that to me. Salem is bright, quirky, and has such an amazing sense of community. It has given me so much joy to call this place my home. This mural is my representation of Salem and it’s people – full of color, vibrancy, and life. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤⁣ ⁣ #annadidathing #jerseybarriers #publicart #streetart #muralartist #mural #ladieswhopaint #entrepinayship #filamartist #filipinoamerican #salemma #earlybird #jerseybarriermural #loveletter #communityvibes #community #neighborhoodlove #muralist

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By the end of June many of Salem’s retailers have reopened with an enhanced focus on safety. Local businesses are joining us in taking the Salem Together Pledge to help keep everyone safe (and we hope you do, too!) You can help ensure a safe experience for everyone while shopping downtown by remembering to wear a mask or face covering in public when social distancing of 6 ft. or more is not possible outdoors and any time you are inside a business. Find more information at salem.org/salemtogether.

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Lots of shops in #SalemMA reopened this weekend! Here's Remember Salem (home of Salem Night Tour) all ready to safely welcome shoppers back into the store. Find a complete list of shops and see which locations are open, and offering private shopping appointments, curbside pickup, and online shopping at salem.org/shop.⁣ ⁣ As you plan your next shopping trip downtown join us in promoting #SalemTogether by remembering to…⁣ ⁣ 😷 Wear a face covering inside businesses and when social distances of 6 ft. cannot be maintained⁣ 🧼 Wash hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds⁣ 🏠 Stay home if you're feeling sick (and continue to #ShopSmall by ordering online!)⁣ ⏳ Be patient as businesses adjust to changing guidelines and note that stores may have limited capacities which could result in short wait times.⁣ ⁣ Learn more about how you can join Salem's businesses, residents, and visitors in keeping everyone safe while you shop at salem.org/SalemTogether⁣ ⁣ 📸: John Andrews / @creativecollectivema

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While shopping downtown, be sure to check which stores that may be offering curbside pickup! Circle of Stitches has been taking online orders (to ship and for curbside) and hosting virtual events for the past couple of months.

Last month, volunteers coordinated by City’s Economic Recovery Task Force packaged 300 boxes of free personal protective equipment. The boxes were distributed to Salem’s small business community to assist them in their phased reopening plans.

Many of Salem’s outdoor gardens were open throughout the month. We love this shot of the Ropes Mansion garden:

And The House of the Seven Gables:

June also came with the annual Salem Arts Festival! This year’s socially distant version of the festival still came with many favorite events like the mural slam. Artists created the murals independently to have them installed on Artists’ Row later that week:

June was Pride Month and North Shore Pride celebrated this year with a virtual parade and programming. Be sure to North Shore Pride on social media or visit northshorepride.org as virtual events are planned through the fall.

This June, Mayor Kim Driscoll issued a proclamation for Juneteenth in Salem. Shortly after, the City of Salem held its first annual Juneteenth flag raising at City Hall: