Township of Union to host Juneteenth Festival – June 15th

Juneteenth Festival – June 15th

The Township of Union will sponsor a Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 15th, 2024, at Rabkin Park from 12 to 6 p.m., a day of community celebration, great music, food, art, and vendors.

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.

In 1979, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday; several others followed suit over the years. In June 2021, Congress passed a resolution establishing Juneteenth as a national holiday; President Biden signed it into law on June 17, 2021. 

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