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Juneteenth in the United States

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.

Celebrators wave to the crowd from a float during the annual Juneteenth parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

©iStockphoto.com/Bastiaan Slabbers

Is Juneteenth a Public Holiday?

Juneteenth is a paid state holiday in several states including Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. It is also an official observance in other US states.

In some states, people employed by the state may 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 on their usual schedule, but there may be some changes. There may be some local disruption to traffic around large scale public events.

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:

  • Pot luck outdoor cookouts, barbecues or picnics.
  • Baseball games.
  • Workplace lunches.
  • Rodeos.
  • 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, and their neighborhoods and yards with Juneteenth banners, yard signs, and flags to raise awareness of the event.

Background

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 combined 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.

Symbols

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.

Juneteenth Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceConnecticut
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceDelaware
2017SatJun 17JuneteenthState ObservanceMaine
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2017SatJun 17JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceUtah
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2017SatJun 17Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceVirginia
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthObservance 
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAL, CO, LA
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, WI
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIllinois, Maryland
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceIowa, Washington
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceKansas
2017MonJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2017MonJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayNew York
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceOhio
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOregon
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2017MonJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2017MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2017SunJun 25Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceMassachusetts
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceConnecticut
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceDelaware
2018SatJun 16JuneteenthState ObservanceMaine
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2018SatJun 16JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceUtah
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2018SatJun 16Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceVirginia
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthObservance 
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAL, CO, LA
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, WI
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIllinois, Maryland
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceIowa, Washington
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceKansas
2018TueJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2018TueJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayNew York
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceOhio
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOregon
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2018TueJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2018TueJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2018SunJun 24Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceMassachusetts
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceConnecticut
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceDelaware
2019SatJun 15JuneteenthState ObservanceMaine
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2019SatJun 15JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceUtah
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2019SatJun 15Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceVirginia
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthObservance 
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAL, CO, LA
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, WI
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIllinois, Maryland
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceIowa, Washington
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceKansas
2019WedJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2019WedJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayNew York
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceOhio
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOregon
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservancePennsylvania
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2019WedJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2019WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2019SunJun 23Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceMassachusetts
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthObservance 
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAL, CO, LA
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, WI
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayDelaware
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIllinois
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceIN, WA, WY
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayIowa*
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceKansas
2020FriJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth National Independence DayState HolidayMaryland*
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2020FriJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayNew York, Virginia
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceOhio
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOregon
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservancePennsylvania
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2020FriJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceTennessee
2020FriJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2020SatJun 20Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2020SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2020SatJun 20Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceConnecticut
2020SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIdaho
2020SatJun 20JuneteenthState ObservanceMaine
2020SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2020SatJun 20JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2020SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2020SatJun 20Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceUtah
2020SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2020SunJun 21Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceMassachusetts
2021FriJun 18Juneteenth (substitute)Federal Holiday 
2021FriJun 18Juneteenth National Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayDE*, ID, IL, KY*, PA*
2021FriJun 18Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayAL, IA*, IN*, KS*, MO, NE, OH, RI*, SD, VA, WV
2021FriJun 18Juneteenth (substitute)Half DayLouisiana
2021FriJun 18Juneteenth DayState HolidayNew Jersey
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthFederal Holiday 
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceCO, WA, WY
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, HI, WI
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceConnecticut
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayDE*, ID, IL, KY*, PA*
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayAL, IA*, IN*, KS*, MO, NE, OH, RI*, SD, VA, WV
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthHalf DayLouisiana
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceMaine
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth National Independence DayState HolidayDistrict of Columbia, Maryland
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayMassachusetts
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayNew York
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNorth Dakota
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2021SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOregon
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceUtah
2021SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2022FriJun 17JuneteenthState HolidayLouisiana
2022FriJun 17Juneteenth DayState HolidayNew Jersey
2022FriJun 17Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayWest Virginia
2022SatJun 18Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2022SatJun 18Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2022SatJun 18Juneteenth Independence DayState ObservanceConnecticut
2022SatJun 18JuneteenthState ObservanceLouisiana
2022SatJun 18JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2022SatJun 18Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2022SatJun 18Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthFederal Holiday 
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIowa
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceKansas
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayAlabama, Colorado
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, HI, WI
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIdaho
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayDelaware
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIllinois
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidaySouth Dakota
2022SunJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayMaine
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth National Independence DayState HolidayDistrict of Columbia, Maryland
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayMassachusetts
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayMichigan
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayMissouri
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayNY, VA, WA
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth (Optional)State HolidayNorth Carolina
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNorth Dakota
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayOhio
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayOregon
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayPennsylvania*
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2022SunJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayUtah
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayWest Virginia
2022SunJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayGeorgia
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)Federal Holiday 
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayAlabama, Colorado
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayIdaho
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayDelaware
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidaySouth Dakota
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayMaine
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth National Independence Day (substitute)State HolidayDistrict of Columbia, Maryland
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth Independence Day (substitute)State HolidayMassachusetts
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayMichigan
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayMissouri
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayNY, VA, WA
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayNew Mexico
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayOhio
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayOregon
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayPennsylvania*
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayUtah
2022MonJun 20Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayGeorgia
2023FriJun 16JuneteenthState HolidayLouisiana
2023FriJun 16Juneteenth DayState HolidayNew Jersey
2023SatJun 17Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2023SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2023SatJun 17JuneteenthState ObservanceLouisiana
2023SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2023SatJun 17JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2023SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2023SatJun 17Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthFederal Holiday 
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIowa
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceKansas
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAlabama
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, HI, WI
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIdaho
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayColorado
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayConnecticut
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayDelaware
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIllinois
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState HolidaySouth Dakota
2023MonJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayMaine
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth National Independence DayState ObservanceDistrict of Columbia, Maryland
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayMassachusetts
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2023MonJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayNY, VA, WA
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth (Optional)State HolidayNorth Carolina
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNorth Dakota
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOhio
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayOregon
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayPennsylvania*
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2023MonJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayUtah
2023MonJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2024FriJun 14JuneteenthState HolidayLouisiana
2024SatJun 15Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2024SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2024SatJun 15JuneteenthState ObservanceLouisiana
2024SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2024SatJun 15JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2024SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2024SatJun 15Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2024MonJun 17Juneteenth Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayUtah
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthFederal Holiday 
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIowa
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceKansas
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAlabama
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, HI, WI
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIdaho
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayColorado
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayConnecticut
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayDelaware
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIllinois
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState HolidaySouth Dakota
2024WedJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayMaine
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth National Independence DayState ObservanceDistrict of Columbia, Maryland
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayMassachusetts
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2024WedJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayNY, VA, WA
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth (Optional)State HolidayNorth Carolina
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNorth Dakota
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOhio
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayOregon
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayPennsylvania*
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2024WedJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayUtah
2024WedJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2024FriJun 21Juneteenth DayState HolidayNew Jersey
2025MonJun 16Juneteenth Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayUtah
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthFederal Holiday 
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIowa
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceKansas
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAlabama
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, HI, WI
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIdaho
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayColorado
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayConnecticut
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayDelaware
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIllinois
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState HolidaySouth Dakota
2025ThuJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayMaine
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth National Independence DayState ObservanceDistrict of Columbia, Maryland
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayMassachusetts
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2025ThuJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayNY, VA, WA
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth (Optional)State HolidayNorth Carolina
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNorth Dakota
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOhio
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayOregon
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayPennsylvania*
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2025ThuJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayUtah
2025ThuJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2025FriJun 20JuneteenthState HolidayLouisiana
2025FriJun 20Juneteenth DayState HolidayNew Jersey
2025SatJun 21Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2025SatJun 21Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2025SatJun 21JuneteenthState ObservanceLouisiana
2025SatJun 21Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2025SatJun 21JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2025SatJun 21Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2025SatJun 21Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2026MonJun 15Juneteenth Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayUtah
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthFederal Holiday 
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIowa
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceKansas
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAlabama
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, HI, WI
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIdaho
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayColorado
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayConnecticut
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayDelaware
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIllinois
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState HolidaySouth Dakota
2026FriJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayLouisiana
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayMaine
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth National Independence DayState ObservanceDistrict of Columbia, Maryland
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayMassachusetts
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2026FriJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayNY, VA, WA
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth DayState HolidayNew Jersey
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth (Optional)State HolidayNorth Carolina
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNorth Dakota
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOhio
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayOregon
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayPennsylvania*
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2026FriJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayUtah
2026FriJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2026SatJun 20Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2026SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2026SatJun 20JuneteenthState ObservanceLouisiana
2026SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2026SatJun 20JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2026SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2026SatJun 20Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth (substitute)Federal Holiday 
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth National Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayIdaho
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth Independence Day (substitute)State HolidayConnecticut
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth National Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayDelaware
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidaySouth Dakota
2027FriJun 18JuneteenthState HolidayLouisiana
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayNY, VA, WA
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth DayState HolidayNew Jersey
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth (substitute)State HolidayOregon
2027FriJun 18Juneteenth National Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayPennsylvania*
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthFederal Holiday 
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceIowa
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceWyoming
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceKansas
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceAlabama
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAZ, FL, GA, HI, WI
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceAlaska, Arkansas
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceCalifornia
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIdaho
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayColorado
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayConnecticut
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayDelaware
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayIllinois
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState HolidaySouth Dakota
2027SatJun 19National Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceKentucky
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceLouisiana
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayMaine
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Independence DayState ObservanceDistrict of Columbia, Maryland
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayState HolidayMassachusetts
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMichigan
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceMinnesota
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceMississippi
2027SatJun 19Emancipation DayState ObservanceMissouri
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNebraska
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth DayState ObservanceNevada
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNew Hampshire
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayNY, VA, WA
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState ObservanceNew Mexico
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth (Optional)State HolidayNorth Carolina
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceNorth Dakota
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState ObservanceOhio
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceMontana, Oklahoma
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthState HolidayOregon
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState HolidayPennsylvania*
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth Independence DayObservanceRhode Island
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom DayState ObservanceSouth Carolina
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth Freedom DayState HolidayUtah
2027SatJun 19Juneteenth National Freedom DayState ObservanceVermont
2027SatJun 19JuneteenthObservanceWest Virginia
2027MonJun 21Juneteenth Freedom Day (substitute)State HolidayUtah
* Only some parts of Iowa, Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kansas, and Rhode Island observe this holiday.

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