McGregor Celebrates Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a federal holiday celebrated on June 19th each year.


Juneteenth is a day that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

On June 19th, 1865, over 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect, African Americans were informed of their freedom. Hence why June 19th came to be known as Juneteenth. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture explains the impact on the freed slaves after being notified of their freedom. Less than a generation after, African Americans were inspired and empowered to transform their lives and their country. Originating in Texas, Juneteenth is our country’s second Independence Day.

In 2021, Juneteenth finally became a federal holiday after President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. There has been an increase in celebrations of Juneteenth across the US over the past few years. And again, it will be celebrated this year on June 19th, 2023.

People across the U.S. celebrate this day in form of parades, festivals, musical performances, and cookouts. This holiday is an opportunity for activism and education.

“The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in certain times.”

McGregor encourages everyone to celebrate Juneteenth and commemorate those who are now free.