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Today is Juneteenth a New Federal Holiday!

What is Juneteenth Celebrating?

Juneteenth is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. Juneteenth falls on Sunday, June 19, but will be observed in many places on Monday, June 20, this year.


Juneteenth National Independence Day, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, became a federal holiday last year.


Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. It commemorates the day, more than two months after the end of the Civil War, when enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom.