What You Need To Know About Juneteenth
  • 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?