What is Juneteenth and why is it important?

Juneteenth, or June 19th, is an important day commemorating the end of enslaved people in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19th each year because that is the day that a general rode into Galveston, Texas to spread the word that the Civil War ended, slavery was over, and that enslaved people were free. It’s an important part of American History.


Is Juneteenth a national holiday?

On June 16, 2021, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill making Juneteenth a national holiday to be observed each year on June 19. If it falls on a weekend, we observe it on the following Monday. On June 19, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the law making Juneteenth a federal holiday, effective immediately upon signing.

Why is Juneteenth called Juneteenth?

So, why do they call it Juneteenth? Juneteenth is a combination of June and nineteenth, which is the day that a Union General announced the end of the Civil War to Texans and ensured that all enslaved people in the state be freed. Juneteenth is also called Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and America’s Second Independence Day.

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