The history behind the day.
What is Juneteenth ?
Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came 21⁄2 years earlier on January 1, 1863, many slave owners continued to hold their slaves captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African American freedom ( congress.gov).
Facts about Juneteenth
- Texas Slaves didn’t learn they were freed until 1865.
- Juneteenth is still not a Federal Holiday.
- Strawberry soda pop was once a popular drink associated with Juneteenth celebrations.
- Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
- There is a Juneteenth Flag of Freedom. It is half red and half blue with a star in the middle. Each year a Juneteenth Flag raising ceremony is held in Galveston.
When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.Ralph Ellison
Here are some Juneteenth Celebrations in Las Vegas.
- Celebrate with the community at Lorenzi Park today from 2p.m. To 7p.m.
- Who doesn’t love food trucks?? Well today you can pop on by 353 Bonneville Avenue to join the celebration of Juneteenth with music, food and drinks starting @4 p.m. until closing.
- Join the celebration at Craig Ranch Park today @5p.m. with live performances, fashion showcases and more. Please note that Face Mask must be wore to the event.
- Tomorrow if you are free and weren’t able to celebrate the day today. JMO radio show is hosting a Juneteenth celebration at the Tropical Breeze Park and it completely free and complimentary food as well. Take the children and enjoy.
Please Remember to wear face mask to the events. Wash your hand regular and perform proper hygiene. Have Fun Celebrating!