Juneteenth is an official holiday in about half of the U.S. states and some other countries have Juneteenth celebrations. Events are often held near Juneteenth, usually on the nearest weekend, to celebrate equal rights and freedom for all people.
Observed across America, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and culture. Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day, is observed annually on June 19th to commemorate the date in 1865 when all slaves were declared free. Juneteenth celebrates the freedom and the fundamental truth that all people are created equal and that liberty is the right of everyone in America.