Juneteenth takes place on June 19 every year. Here is what you need to know. What Is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the commemoration of June 19, 1865, the day enslaved African Americans in Texas learned they were free. The day is also known by other names such as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day or Jubilee Day. Juneteenth Has Its Own Flag The original Juneteenth flag was created in 1997 and featured the same colors as found in the American flag. The date June 19, 1865, was later added to the flag. The bursting star at the center of the flag has many different meanings. Some say it represents a star of Texas bursting with new freedom throughout the land, over a new horizon. Juneteenth CelebrationsEarly celebrations involved people helping the newly-freed with voting instructions.In more recent times, celebrations include rodeos, public readings, voter registration efforts, parades and community gatherings. Juneteenth is usually also celebrated with meals of red food and drink to symbolize strength and courage.
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