Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States that honors the freedom of African American slaves on June 19 each year. The holiday is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day. And according to media reports, President Joe Biden along with the vice president will host a concert on the South Lawn.
Juneteenth, as a federal holiday, is meant to breathe new life into the very fabric of America.
To make sure all Americans feel the power of this day and the progress we can make for our country.
Earlier this week I felt that power in the White House. pic.twitter.com/Ogo6SBvZBA
– President Biden (@POTUS)
June 17, 2023
What is nineteenth?
Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19. The date commemorates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that slaves in the state were free. This was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the freedom of enslaved African Americans. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and proclaimed that all slaves in the state were free, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Juneteenth serves as a time to reflect on the end of slavery, celebrate African American heritage and achievements, and promote equality and justice for all. It has gained increasing recognition as an important day in American history and culture.
Why is the nineteenth celebrated?
Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom and reflect on the legacy of slavery. It is also a day to educate others about African American history and work toward a more equitable society.
The history of Juneteenth dates back to the Civil War. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all enslaved people in the Confederate states were free. However, it took three years for news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach all enslaved peoples.
On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the state’s slaves were free. This day became known as June 16.
The White House affirms “After the Union Army captured New Orleans in 1862, slaveholders from the Confederate states emigrated to Texas with more than 150,000 enslaved blacks.
“For three years, even after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved black Americans in Texas remained in brutal slavery, immorally and illegally deprived of their basic freedom and dignity.
“On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln declared all enslaved people free, Major General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last black Americans enslaved in Texas.”
Initially, Juneteenth was celebrated primarily by African Americans in Texas. However, the holiday gradually spread to other parts of the United States.
In recent years, June 16 has become a more celebrated holiday. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
This is what the White House Briefing Room states: “You know, today we consecrate June 16 for what it should be, what it must be: a national holiday. As the vice president noted, a holiday that will join our other national celebrations: our independence, our workers who built this nation, our military men and women who served and died in its defense. And the first new national holiday since the creation of the Martin Luther King holiday nearly four decades ago.”
June 16 is a day to celebrate as a community and reflect on what it means to have freedom. Join us as we learn about some of the important dates in the history of this very special holiday. #June pic.twitter.com/nEQzxThShh
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet)
June 19, 2022
How to celebrate the nineteenth?
There are many ways to celebrate the nineteenth. Some people choose to attend parades, festivals, and other public events. Others choose to spend time with family and friends, cooking traditional meals and listening to music.
In the past, the government celebrated the event in full spirit. In 2022, the United States Congress passed a resolution recognizing June 16 as a national day of observance.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Juneteenth, it is important to remember the meaning of the holiday. June 16 is a day to celebrate freedom, educate others, and work toward a more just and equitable society.
Here are some ideas to celebrate the nineteenth:
Attend a Juneteenth parade or festival.
Learn more about the history of Juneteenth and the legacy of slavery.
Spend time with family and friends.
Volunteer your time to a local organization that supports African American communities.
In conclusion, June 16 is a day to celebrate the progress that has been made, but it is also a day to remember the work that still needs to be done. This historic celebration marks the momentous day when news of emancipation finally reached enslaved African Americans in Texas, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Juneteenth celebrates the triumph over oppression and serves as a reminder of the long journey toward justice and equality that is still ongoing.