Restoration. Recognition. Celebration. June 19th we commemorate the freedom of enslaved people in the United States. Despite only becoming a federal holiday in 2021 (Juneteenth National Independence Day Act), Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the US.
Join the celebration by learning quick facts behind today:
- After The Civil War ended in 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and his troops traveled to Galveston, Texas, to announce General Orders No. 3 on June 19, 1865. June 19th would go on to be known and celebrated as Juneteenth.
- The name “Juneteenth” is a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth.”
- There is a Juneteenth Flag of Freedom. It’s half red and half blue with a star in the middle. Each year a Juneteenth Flag raising ceremony is held in Galveston.
- Juneteenth is celebrated under many names: Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day, Second Independence Day, and Emancipation Day.