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Juneteenth is Celebrated on June 19th

Prince George's County officially honored June 19 as a holiday by passing a bill in the spring of 2021. Juneteenth is held on June 19 because that was the date in 1865 when a Union Major General arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were free. Many enslaved people in Texas had not been told of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which had intended to give enslaved people freedom more than two years earlier.


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S., according to Juneteenth.com and is considered our country’s “second Independence Day” by many. It is a holiday celebrated across the country with festivals, guest speakers, picnics, and family gatherings. Today, as we recognize and celebrate how far we have come, we also commit ourselves to the continued work ahead. Find a few of our local celebrations below.

  • Find information about the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Juneteenth Festival HERE.

  • The City of Bowie has several events planned in honor of Juneteenth. Click here.

  • The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has programming HERE.

  • Find information on the National Harbor’s Juneteenth celebration HERE.

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