Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19th in the United States that honors the end of slavery in the US. It is also called Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.” First celebrated in the state of Texas, Juneteenth got its name by putting June and 19 together. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas to spread the news of the Emancipation Proclamation– which was signed a full two years earlier. Although emancipation didn’t happen overnight for everyone, celebrations broke out among newly freed black people, and Juneteenth was born.

The Texas legislature made Juneteenth an official state Holiday in 1980 and currently, 45 states and the District of Columbia also recognize it as a holiday.  Every year in Galveston and across the country, people celebrate by having gatherings, barbecues, parades, and much more.

How can you celebrate? You can learn more about the history of Juneteenth, black history, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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