Juneteenth is an annual holiday that celebrates the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas on 19 June 1865. Juneteenth became an official texas state holiday in 1979. Juneteenth is short for “June Nineteenth”.What is Juneteenth and why do we celebrate it?
Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of more than 250,000 slaves at the close of the Civil War. The holiday is based on events that occurred mainly in Texas, but it is now celebrated nationally and is recognized as a state holiday in 37 states of the United States, including New York.