Juneteenth in United States
Quick FactsJuneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, is a holiday or observance in many US states to celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.
|Día de Juneteenth||Spanish|
Juneteenth 2013Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Juneteenth 2014Thursday, June 19, 2014
List of dates for other years
Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19 to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States.
What do people do?
A range of public, community and private events are held to celebrate Juneteenth, often on a weekend close to June 19. These include:
- Baseball games.
- Pot luck outdoor cookouts, barbecues or picnics.
- Workplace lunches.
- Neighborhood or block parties.
- Community flag raising ceremonies.
- Juneteenth displays in city halls, libraries, schools and post offices.
- Essay or artwork competitions for young people.
- Presentations of community service awards.
- The distribution of Juneteenth buttons, t-shirts, mugs and bags.
Some people also decorate conference rooms or corridors at their workplace, their neighborhood and yards with Juneteenth banners, yard signs and flags to raise awareness of the event.
Juneteenth is a partial or full state holiday, or an official observance in about half of the US states, including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington and Wyoming.
In some states, people employed by the state have a day off work. Stores, post offices and other organizations and businesses are likely to be open as usual, but some may be closed or have restricted opening hours in some areas. Many public transit services operate to their usual schedule, but there may be some changes. There may be some local disruption to traffic around large scale public events.
Slavery in the United States can be traced back to the 16th century when Spanish explorers brought African slaves with them to the New World. It lasted until the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on January 1, 1863. On that date Texas was largely controlled by forces fighting for the Confederate States, which opposed the abolition of slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived to take control of Texas and enforce the emancipation of slaves in the state. In Galveston, Texas, the newly freed slaves held large public celebrations and so laid the base for future Juneteenth activities. The word 'Juneteenth' resulted from the words 'June Nineteenth' being slurred together in speech.
After 1865, Juneteenth was mainly celebrated in Texas. Parks have been established on land bought by former slaves to hold Juneteenth celebrations in the Texan cities of Austin, Houston and Mexia. However, it is now a state holiday or observance in more than half of the US states and there is a campaign for Juneteenth to become a national holiday or observance throughout the nation. Juneteenth celebrations are also held in other countries around the world, including Ghana, Honduras, Japan, Taiwan and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Juneteenth flag consists of a rectangle. The lower part of the rectangle is red and the upper part is blue and it has a solid white, five-pointed star at its center. The star is surrounded by a white outline of a 12-pointed star. The Juneteenth flag is often displayed with the United States flag to symbolize that slavery is illegal.
In Texas and some other southern states, the traditional drink on Juneteenth is Big Red soda. This variety of cream soda is a sweet, soft drink flavored with orange and lemon oils and vanilla. It is available in different flavors and with or without caffeine and sugar.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Thu||Jun 19||1980||Juneteenth||Local observance||All except AL, American Samoa, GA, HI, MD, ME, MP, MS, MT, ND, NH, NV, PA, RI, SD, UT, Virgin Islands, Wake Island|
|Fri||Jun 19||1981||Juneteenth||Local observance||All except AL, American Samoa, GA, HI, MD, ME, MP, MS, MT, ND, NH, NV, PA, RI, SD, UT, Virgin Islands, Wake Island|
|Sat||Jun 19||1982||Juneteenth||Local observance||All except AL, American Samoa, GA, HI, MD, ME, MP, MS, MT, ND, NH, NV, PA, RI, SD, UT, Virgin Islands, Wake Island|
|Sun||Jun 19||1983||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Tue||Jun 19||1984||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Wed||Jun 19||1985||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Thu||Jun 19||1986||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Fri||Jun 19||1987||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Sun||Jun 19||1988||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Mon||Jun 19||1989||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Tue||Jun 19||1990||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Wed||Jun 19||1991||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Fri||Jun 19||1992||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Sat||Jun 19||1993||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Sun||Jun 19||1994||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Mon||Jun 19||1995||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Wed||Jun 19||1996||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Thu||Jun 19||1997||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Fri||Jun 19||1998||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Sat||Jun 19||1999||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Mon||Jun 19||2000||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Tue||Jun 19||2001||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Wed||Jun 19||2002||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Thu||Jun 19||2003||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Sat||Jun 19||2004||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Sun||Jun 19||2005||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Mon||Jun 19||2006||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Tue||Jun 19||2007||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Thu||Jun 19||2008||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Fri||Jun 19||2009||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Sat||Jun 19||2010||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Sun||Jun 19||2011||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Tue||Jun 19||2012||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Wed||Jun 19||2013||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Thu||Jun 19||2014||Juneteenth||Local observance|
|Fri||Jun 19||2015||Juneteenth||Local observance|
- National Freedom Day ―Friday, February 1, 2013
Other holidays in June 2013 in United States
- Statehood Day ―Saturday, June 1, 2013
- Jefferson Davis Birthday ―Monday, June 3, 2013
- Jefferson Davis Birthday ―Monday, June 3, 2013
- International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression ―Tuesday, June 4, 2013
- World Environment Day ―Wednesday, June 5, 2013
- D-Day ―Thursday, June 6, 2013
- Isra and Mi'raj ―Thursday, June 6, 2013
- World Oceans Day ―Saturday, June 8, 2013
- Kamehameha Day ―Tuesday, June 11, 2013
- World Day Against Child Labour ―Wednesday, June 12, 2013
- World Blood Donor Day ―Friday, June 14, 2013
- Flag Day ―Friday, June 14, 2013
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day ―Saturday, June 15, 2013
- Father's Day ―Sunday, June 16, 2013
- World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought ―Monday, June 17, 2013
- Bunker Hill Day ―Monday, June 17, 2013
- West Virginia Day ―Thursday, June 20, 2013
- World Refugee Day ―Thursday, June 20, 2013
- June Solstice ―Friday, June 21, 2013
- Public Service Day ―Sunday, June 23, 2013
- International Widows' Day ―Sunday, June 23, 2013
- Day of the Seafarer ―Tuesday, June 25, 2013
- International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking ―Wednesday, June 26, 2013
- International Day in Support of Victims of Torture ―Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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