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What is Juneteenth and How Do You Celebrate?

Is this the first you’re hearing about the holiday? If so, we’ve got you covered on what you should know about Juneteenth, ways that you can celebrate inclusively and what destinations are doing nationally to commemorate the holiday. 

 

History of Juneteenth

So, let’s start with the basics. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Liberation Day and Jubilee Day, is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, the Union Army entered Galveston, Texas, informing the enslaved people there that slavery had been abolished. To bring you up to speed, the Emancipation Proclamation, which states, “that all persons held as slaves,” within the rebellious states, “are, and henceforward shall be free,” was signed in January 1863. That means it took over two years...