Americans celebrate Juneteenth on 1st year it becomes federal holiday
June 19, 2021, 5:03 PM CDT / Source: TODAY
By Yi-Jin Yu
Americans are celebrating two days after President Joe Biden signed into law the bill establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth, observed every June 19, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, when on June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, then the westernmost state in the union, and informed slaves of their emancipation.