How to Recognize Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a day that honors the freedom of all people in the United States. June 19, 1865, marks the date that Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He announced the end of both the Civil War and slavery, which meant all enslaved people were free. Sharing this complicated history with your loved ones can seem difficult. Here are a few simple ways to start a conversation about Juneteenth:


You can read together to help each other understand American history. A few books to share are:

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Juneteenth: A Kids Story by Opal Lee

All Different Now by Angela Johnson


Watching movies and short clips as a family can open up discussions about hard topics. Try these to start:

Kid History with a sweet and simple summary.
Brain Pop with more in-depth description and colorful cartoon

Support your Black community:

Kids enjoy Emancipation Park in Houston, TX. A group of individuals purchased land for Juneteenth ceremonies, such as Emancipation Park. Image by Emancipation Park Conservatory

There are many events that honor Juneteenth. From live music to barbeques, parades, and festivals! Remember you can support Black businesses and organizations all year long. Make it fun by trying new restaurants, activities, and locations.