The Juneteenth is also known as the Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day. It is an American holiday, which commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of the slavery in the U.S. state of Texas. The Union soldiers, led by the Major General Gordon Granger, landed at the Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had stopped and that the enslaved were now free. It happened after the Emancipation Proclamation which was held by President Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation had little influence on the Texans due to the least number of Union troops to support the new Executive Order. The surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 and the arrival of the General Granger’s regiment, then the forces were strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
“Words of Emancipation didn’t arrive until the middle of June so they called it Juneteenth. So that was it, the night of Juneteenth celebration, his mind went on. The celebration of a gaudy illusion.” ― Ralph Ellison
History of Happy Juneteenth
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, during the American Civil War. Since January 1, 1863, and It is declared all the slaves to be freed in the Confederate States of America in rebellion and not in the Union hands. This was excluded the five states, which is known later as border states, which were the four slave states that were not in the rebellion they are Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri. Planters and the other slaveholders were migrated into Texas from the eastern states to escape the fighting. The slaves were increased by thousands in the state at the end of the Civil War. Later the Slavery had become ended. Since the 1980s and the 1990s, the holiday has been more widely celebrated among African-American people.
Other Celebrations on June 19
June 19 is also celebrated as
- World Sickle Cell Day
- National Martini Day
- National Garfield the Cat Day
- World Sauntering Day
- National Flip Flop Day
How to Celebrate Juneteenth
There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth. You can observe it from the outdoor cookout with traditional foods to the modern day office conference room. You can also follow the Juneteenth by reading the “History of Juneteenth” to know how the Juneteenth celebrations have endured and evolved throughout the years. You can even decorate your house and the yard with the Juneteenth Theme. Make Juneteenth decorations with the children, which allows them to know about the history of the Juneteenth. You can also go to the Juneteenth Mall and find some items for the remembrance of this day. You can also buy some things to decorate your home in Juneteenth Theme. You can share your views and thoughts on the social media using the hashtags #HappyJuneteenth.
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