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Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day) is a holiday in the United States on June 19. It is a memory of June 19, 1865, when the slaves in Texas got their freedom and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a short form of June nineteenth. In Texas it is an official state holiday. As of 2020, all other states of the United States some kind of official event is happening on June 19. Only in Hawaii there is no official event on June 19.

The first celebration of Juneteenth was in 1866. Over the years, it was sometimes more popular, and sometimes less popular. Texas was the first state to make it an official holiday in 1979. After George Floyd was killed in 2020, many corporations wanted to show their support for black rights. So, they made Juneteenth on official holiday.

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