On June 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth, a national holiday in the United States that marks the end of slavery. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Emancipation Day, this holiday commemorates the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved people were free. This announcement came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. In 2021 President Joe Biden signed legislation declaring Juneteenth a national holiday. As of date, the only state that does not celebrate Juneteenth as a holiday is North Dakota.
Juneteenth is a day of reflection, education, and celebration of African American culture and achievements. It is a happy occasion that is widely celebrated across the country. However, if you can't find anything in your area, why not plan your own celebration? Here are a few ideas that you can do with your family, friends, or coworkers to celebrate Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is a wonderful occasion to spend time with loved ones and commemorate African American history and culture. Why not add some extra flair to your home by decorating with colorful and inspiring Juneteenth decor? You can also make the day more educational and entertaining by playing Trivia games, which test your knowledge of Black leaders, events, and urban culture. And since music is such a vital part of the Black experience, why not encourage your guests to bring their own playlists to further enhance the celebration, with dancing. You can also look to celebrate Juneteenth by supporting Black-owned businesses and artists.
Happy Juneteenth from Loved 01!
Author: Karim Orange