5 ways to celebrate Juneteenth

Members of the parade perform during the 48th Annual Juneteenth Day Festival on June 19, 2019 in Milwaukee.
Members of the parade perform during the 48th Annual Juneteenth Day Festival on June 19, 2019 in Milwaukee. (2019 Getty Images for VIBE)

Juneteenth, which takes place June 19 each year, is the name for the date in 1865 when Union soldiers freed the remaining slaves in Texas, enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation.

It’s a holiday for celebrating equal rights and freedom throughout the United States.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve always celebrated or you’d like to start now. Hopefully these ideas will provide some inspiration either way.

1.) Celebrate freedom.

Though Juneteenth’s history is based in the history of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth shouldn’t just be about solemnly remembering injustices. It’s also a time to celebrate freedom and equal rights.

Juneteenth is a complicated, multifaceted holiday. Acknowledge the horrors of slavery and the strides that still need to be made, but remind yourself that this is a time to celebrate strong people and steps forward.

Staying positive attracts more people to the idea of celebration, and helps to inform people who might not otherwise observe Juneteenth.

2.) Focus on food and fellowship.