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Juneteenth

Juneteenth parade

Date: June 19

Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth Independence Day and also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture.


 

Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States as an official federal holiday since 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.

 


 

Juneteenth is the “longest-running African-American holiday,” and it recognizes June 19, 1865, as the date that news of slavery’s end reaches slaves in Texas in the southwest.

 


Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. 


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