Juneteenth in the USA Date in the current year: June 19, 2016

Juneteenth in the USA June 19 is Juneteenth in the USA. This holiday is also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day and Emancipation Day.

This holidays is connected with a very important event in the history of the USA – the abolishment of slavery in the state of Texas (that was June 19, 1865) and general emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

The name “Juneteenth” derives from two words – June and nineteenth. And it's a portmanteau, that became widely used.

The holiday is recognized and observed in most states of the USA. This holiday is primarily observed in local celebrations mostly by African-Americans. Public readings by noted African-American writes, like Maya Angelou and Ralph Ellison and the Emancipation Proclamation, singing songs are traditional. Also the celebration of Juneteenth may include rodeos, parades, park parties, street fairs and cookouts.

State offices are usually not closed on this day, but some employees take a holiday to celebrate Juneteenth. The schools are not affected, because children are already on summer vacation.

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