Juneteenth Facts for Kids

Juneteenth is a very important day in American history.  Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or Jubliee Day. It is celebrated during Black History Month and on Juneteenth.  Check out these Juneteenth Facts for Kids to find out everything you need to know about this important day in American history!

Juneteenth facts for kids

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is also called Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or Jubilee Day. The word Juneteenth is a combination of June and 19th.

Juneteenth is a U.S holiday that celebrates the anniversary of June 19, 1865, the day Texas was forced to free their remaining slaves.

During the Civil War on January 1st, 1865 Abraham Lincoln signed the the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery.  Texas would not accept the Emancipation Proclamation and kept their slaves. The slaves didn’t even get the news that they were free.

More than 200,000 African Americans were still enslaved in Texas after the Emancipation Proclamation.

What Happened on June 19, 1865?

On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger along with union soldiers entered Galveston Texas and forced them to free their slaves.  All of the remaining slaves received the news that they were free.

Who Celebrates Juneteenth?

Texas was the first state to declare Juneteenth a holiday on January 1, 1980. Galveston Texas has many local Juneteenth celebrations. Many Juneteenth celebrations take place in Texas including parades, picnics and festivals.

Other states started following Texas and declared Juneteenth a holiday.

The following states now celebrate Juneteenth:  Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and also Washington D.C.

Juneteenth is celebrated in many different ways with bbq’s, readings of poems, singing songs, and more. Check out how your state celebrates this special day.

On June 17, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order declaring that Juneteenth is recognized as a holiday for state employees.  He singed to make Juneteenth an official state holiday for 2021.

The U.S. Government declared Juneteenth an official federal holiday on June 17th 2021. The other federal holidays include: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington’s birthday (President’s Day), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day  

Juneteenth Flag

The Juneteenth flag is blue and white with a white star in the middle, surrounding the star is an outline of a bursting star. It is a symbol of the ending of slavery in the United States. The idea of the flag came from activist Benn Haith and the flag was created by Lisa Graf in 1997. In the year 2000 the flag was revised and the date June 19th 1865 was added on.

Juneteenth Worksheet

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Free printable Juneteenth worksheet
Free Printable Juneteenth Worksheet