Juneteenth19th June 2017
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
Although the Proclamation had taken effect on January 1, 1863, it freed few, if any, slaves. Large celebrations on June 19 began in 1866 and continued regularly into the early 20th century.