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Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. It began as a celebration for newly freed slaves in Texas, but it has grown to be an almost nation-wide holiday. It is an official holiday in about half of the U.S. states. Even some other countries now have Juneteenth celebrations. Events are often held near Juneteenth, usually on the nearest weekend, to celebrate equal rights and freedom for all people.