Juneteenth ― Date, History, and Details


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History of Juneteenth and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States. It is also known as Freedom Day, Liberation Day, or Emancipation Day. It is observed annually on June 19, the day that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were free. While slaves in other parts of the country had been freed earlier, this was the first time that slaves in Texas were notified of their freedom.

Juneteenth is considered the oldest African-American holiday and is celebrated by both blacks and whites across the United States. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the holiday, and several states have made it a legal holiday. Supporters of Juneteenth argue that it should be a national holiday, as it commemorates a significant event in American history.