Juneteenth (United States)

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States, and it is observed on June 19 each year. Juneteenth is the combination of the two words "June" and "19". The holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863 changed the enslaved African Americans to free. However, the enforcement of the Proclamation was slow and heavily relied on the presence of the Union troops (the North).

As the most remote state, Texas had a low presence of Union troops, and the enforcement had been very slow. As a result, Texas was the last of the Confederate states (the South) in which enslavement continued. On June 19, 1865, two years after Lincoln's Proclamation, the Union Major General, Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the federal order of the abolition of slavery in the state.

Americans have celebrated Juneteenth as Emancipation Day to some degree in different states since June 19, 1865, and in 1980, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official state holiday. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which made Juneteenth an official federal holiday.

The following is the list of Juneteenth in the United States from 2022 to 2026.

HolidayDateWeekday
JuneteenthJune 19, 2022Sunday
JuneteenthJune 19, 2023Monday
JuneteenthJune 19, 2024Wednesday
JuneteenthJune 19, 2025Thursday
JuneteenthJune 19, 2026Friday

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