- Today is Juneteenth – a day celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Here’s what you need to know about the nation’s most recent federal holiday.
- What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth marks the day that Union soldiers arrived to free the slaves in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1965 – two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and more than two months after the end of the Civil War.
- How long has it been celebrated? Juneteenth celebrations go as far back as 1866, and began to grow in popularity in the 1930’s. It was declared a federal holiday, formally known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, in 2021.
- How is it celebrated? Juneteenth is often celebrated with gatherings, cookouts, or church services. Since it became a federal holiday, many large cities have begun holding Juneteenth parades or other ceremonies.
- How are you celebrating Juneteenth today?