It’s time to celebrate Juneteenth 2022!
Juneteenth has been celebrated by Black Americans since the late 1800s, but in 2020, the holiday garnered renewed attention as Black Lives Matter demonstrators called (and still call) for meaningful policy changes following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.
For the first time last year, NYC and New York made Juneteenth an official holiday. This year, it’s finally a federal holiday.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the celebration and commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers brought news to Galveston, Texas that the war was over and slaves were free (this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.) The celebration was coined “Juneteenth” and became a time for praying and for gathering with family. It became massively celebrated in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date, according to Juneteenth.com.
When is Juneteenth?
June 19 is on Sunday this year.
How will Juneteenth be celebrated this year?
The day has been celebrated more in Southern states with rodeos, fishing, barbecuing and baseball, with a focus on education and self-improvement.
In 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order making it a holiday for state employees, and in 2021, it became a federal holiday.
New York City has so many ways to celebrate this year. Scroll down to see what these are.
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.