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Juneteenth (June 19) is also known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. Did you know that Juneteenth became a federal US holiday in 2021, even though Texas has recognized it as a state holiday since 1980?

On June 19, 1865, Army Major General Gordon Granger rode on horseback into Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of over three million slaves.

For over 150 years, freedom and Juneteenth celebrations have continued and grown across the United States. Currently, Juneteenth is commemorated with parades, festivals, music, dancing, barbecues and community gatherings large and small. Celebrate with your friends and family this year by participating in prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, or family picnics.