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When is Juneteenth in 2024?

Juneteenth in 2024 is on the Wednesday, 19th of Jun (6/19/2024).

Juneteenth is on the 171th day of 2024. There are 195 days left in the year.

Juneteenth Facts

  • Date: Jun 19, 2024
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  • Celebrations: Celebrations; parades, cookouts, educational programs, concerts, plays
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Juneteenth is an important day in U.S. history. It is celebrated annually on June 19th to commemorate the day African Americans were finally informed of their emancipation from slavery and granted full freedom in 1865 following the Civil War. It marks a meaningful moment of liberation and joy that has since grown into a nationwide holiday, with celebrations taking place all over the country and worldwide.

History of Juneteenth

African Americans had been enslaved in America for centuries without legal recognition of their rights or freedoms. On January 1st, 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared all enslaved people within Confederate states free forever. This meant enslaved people throughout Southern states such as Texas who were previously out of reach of Union troops were no longer bound to their masters.

However, on June 19th, 1865, the news reached Texas and other Southern states that emancipation had been declared. On this day, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with a federal order announcing that all slaves were free. This became known as Juneteenth - the day African Americans’ bondage was finally broken.

From then on, formerly enslaved people began organizing independence day celebrations, which slowly grew into an annual tradition shared by black and white communities across America. In 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Texas before gradually being recognized by other states nationwide - making it a national holiday celebrated each year on June 19th.

How Juneteenth is Celebrated Today?

Today, Juneteenth is celebrated in various forms throughout the United States. Many African Americans use it to celebrate their freedom and culture by participating in parades, cookouts, educational programs, concerts, plays, and more. In cities with large Black populations, block parties or festivals are often dedicated to this special day.

In addition to these public celebrations, many African Americans also celebrate Juneteenth more personally. Families might share stories of their ancestor’s journey to freedom or gather for a special meal that honors the culture and heritage of African Americans.

At the federal level, June 19th is now an official holiday in all 50 states and some territories, although it is not recognized as a national holiday. Despite this, Juneteenth continues to become more widely known and celebrated yearly. It is seen as a celebration of freedom and an opportunity for people to reflect on the history and importance of African American culture in the United States.

Cultural Activities Associated With Juneteenth

Various cultural activities are associated with this important day - such as traditional African music, dance performances, storytelling sessions, and poetry readings. Additionally, many people chose to dress in their finest clothing as a way of honoring the pride taken by formerly enslaved people when celebrating freedom on June 19th, 1865. In recent years, many companies have also begun recognizing Juneteenth as an official holiday for their employees to promote diversity and inclusion.

Importance of Education About Juneteenth

Young people must understand and learn about the significance of this special day. So they can appreciate how far we’ve come since 1865 and recognize the importance of continuing to fight for civil rights today. Schools across America are beginning to incorporate education about Juneteenth into their curriculum, while organizations such as the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign work hard to ensure its visibility nationwide.

Ways To Show Your Support for Juneteenth

- Attend events. Many communities across the U.S. hold celebrations and events to commemorate this day. Look online for local Juneteenth events, or consider organizing your event.

- Fly the flag. Flying the American flag is a great way to show your support for Juneteenth and its important symbols. Hang a black American flag in honor of African Americans who fought for their rights, or if you can find one, display the traditional Juneteenth flag.

- Support black-owned businesses. Take this day to support your local black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Whether ordering food for a picnic or buying supplies for an event, show your support by spending money with a business owned by someone in the African American community.

-Donate to a cause. Consider donating to organizations and charities supporting black people in the U.S. or those fighting for racial justice and equality.

-Volunteer your time. Take some time to volunteer with organizations working towards the same goal as Juneteenth—freedom and justice for all African Americans. You can also offer pro bono services, help with an event, or participate in a protest.

-Celebrate the freedom by posting on social media by sharing your views via the hashtag #juneteenth

No matter what you do this Juneteenth, it’s important to take the time to recognize its importance and celebrate with respect and reverence for those who have come before us.


No matter how you choose to recognize this holiday, it’s clear that Juneteenth Day plays a significant role in recognizing African American heritage and culture - past and present. It is an opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate freedom - something we should do every day of the year.

Knowing about Juneteenth Day is especially important when the nation is in a period of reflection and striving for racial justice. As we continue to grow together as a nation, we must recognize and celebrate the importance of Juneteenth Day and use it to help create a more equitable society for all. Thank you for taking the time to learn about this special day!

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List of National and Regional Public Holidays of United States in 2023

SundaySunJan 01, 2023Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 02, 2023Jan 02New Year's Day Holiday
MondayMonJan 16, 2023Jan 16M L King Day
MondayMonFeb 20, 2023Feb 20Presidents' Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07Good Friday
SundaySunApr 09, 2023Apr 09Easter Sunday
MondayMonMay 29, 2023May 29Memorial Day
MondayMonJun 19, 2023Jun 19Juneteenth
TuesdayTueJul 04, 2023Jul 04Independence Day
MondayMonSep 04, 2023Sep 04Labor Day
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Columbus Day
SaturdaySatNov 11, 2023Nov 11Veterans Day
ThursdayThuNov 23, 2023Nov 23Thanksgiving Day
MondayMonDec 25, 2023Dec 25Christmas

List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2023

ThursdayThuJan 12, 2023Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
ThursdayThuJan 19, 2023Jan 19National Popcorn Day
WednesdayWedFeb 01, 2023Feb 01National Signing Day
ThursdayThuFeb 02, 2023Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 03, 2023Feb 03National Wear Red Day
ThursdayThuFeb 09, 2023Feb 09National Pizza Day
MondayMonFeb 13, 2023Feb 13Galentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 14, 2023Feb 14Valentine's Day
WednesdayWedFeb 15, 2023Feb 15National Bagel Day
SaturdaySatFeb 18, 2023Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
TuesdayTueFeb 21, 2023Feb 21National Pancake Day
WednesdayWedFeb 22, 2023Feb 22National Margarita Day
FridayFriMar 03, 2023Mar 03National Employee Appreciation Day
TuesdayTueMar 07, 2023Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 12, 2023Mar 12Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 13, 2023Mar 13National Napping Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Walkout Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Pi Day
MondayMonMar 20, 2023Mar 20National Proposal Day
ThursdayThuMar 23, 2023Mar 23National Puppy Day
ThursdayThuMar 30, 2023Mar 30National Doctor Day
WednesdayWedApr 05, 2023Apr 05National Walking Day
ThursdayThuApr 06, 2023Apr 06National Burrito Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07National Beer Day
TuesdayTueApr 11, 2023Apr 11National Pet Day
WednesdayWedApr 12, 2023Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 04, 2023May 04National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 14, 2023May 14Mother's Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 02, 2023Jun 02National Donut Day
ThursdayThuJun 08, 2023Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 18, 2023Jun 18Father's Day
WednesdayWedJun 21, 2023Jun 21National Selfie Day
ThursdayThuJun 22, 2023Jun 22National Kissing Day
TuesdayTueJul 11, 2023Jul 11Amazon Prime Day
ThursdayThuJul 13, 2023Jul 13National French Fry Day
FridayFriJul 14, 2023Jul 14National Nude Day
SundaySunJul 16, 2023Jul 16National Ice Cream Day
WednesdayWedJul 19, 2023Jul 19National Hot Dog Day
MondayMonJul 24, 2023Jul 24National Tequila Day
SaturdaySatJul 29, 2023Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
TuesdayTueAug 01, 2023Aug 01National Girlfriends Day
SundaySunAug 06, 2023Aug 06National Sister Day
MondayMonSep 18, 2023Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
TuesdayTueOct 03, 2023Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Vodka Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Taco Day
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
SaturdaySatOct 21, 2023Oct 21Sweetest Day
SundaySunOct 29, 2023Oct 29National Cat Day
TuesdayTueOct 31, 2023Oct 31Halloween
FridayFriNov 03, 2023Nov 03National Sandwich Day
FridayFriNov 24, 2023Nov 24Black Friday
MondayMonNov 27, 2023Nov 27Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 02, 2023Dec 02Candle Day
SaturdaySatDec 09, 2023Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 15, 2023Dec 15National Ugly Sweater day