Did You Know…? Interesting Facts About Juneteenth, Freedom Day

  1. The name “Juneteenth” is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth,” marking the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas.
  • Texas was the first state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday in 1980.
  • Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day.
  • Juneteenth is celebrated in various ways, such as parades, marches, and barbecues. Many gather for ceremonies featuring public service awards, prayers, and the raising of the Juneteenth Flag.

To learn more about Juneteenth, visit American Battlefield-Facts Juneteenth.

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