Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day or Emancipation Day) is a day to honor and celebrate liberation. It was 156 years ago on June 19, 1865 that all Americans were free from slavery (despite the Emancipation Proclamation occurring two years prior). Today, the holiday is all about celebrating Black culture, history and life, bringing people together to honor all those who came before us and fought for the rights and privileges we hold today. And, especially after the two years of protesting, donating and talking about race and racism in America, Juneteeth also gives us the opportunity to support, appreciate and educate through a host of activities. So, whether you’re hosting a barbecue or buying from Black-owned businesses, here’s how to celebrate Juneteenth this year.
Covid-19 safety: While you’re celebrating Juneteenth, keep in mind safety precautions, social distancing and mask-wearing to keep you and your family safe.