Juneteenth is a federal holiday celebrated on June 19th. We recognize this day because, on June 19th, 1865, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas finally learned of their independence. This was more than two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and months after the end of the American Civil War. 

To celebrate, the Y invites you to learn more about this day of freedom! As the Kokomo Family YMCA honors Juneteenth, we are excited to share some great ways that you can celebrate! Shop at local Black-owned businesses or restaurants today. Check out a new Black-produced or directed podcast or movie. Check out some of the fantastic Black authors at your local library or bookstore. 


Learn more about Juneteenth

History Channel: What is Juneteenth

The Smithsonian: The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth. May you celebrate in freedom.