Juneteenth

noun

June·​teenth ˌjün-ˈtēn(t)th How to pronounce Juneteenth (audio)
: June 19 observed as a legal holiday in the United States in commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S.

Note: The federal name for this holiday according to the United States Code is Juneteenth National Independence Day. It is also called Black Independence Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day.

Examples of Juneteenth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1940s and '50s, San Antonio held numerous Black rodeos and local riders participated in the Southwestern Colored Rodeo Association, which organized a circuit of Black rodeos in central Texas, while other Texas communities incorporated Black rodeos into Juneteenth celebrations. TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 Directed by Emily Tarquin WHERE: Victor Jory Theater WHEN: May 31 to June 8 'A Juneteenth Celebration' WHAT: Presented by Universes in concert. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 4 Apr. 2024 Later, a nonprofit called Juneteenth Inc. was established, and its mission expanded to providing educational opportunities for children. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2024 Good Friday: Friday, March 29 Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 Juneteenth: Wednesday, June 19 Independence Day: Thursday, July 4 Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 2 Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 28 Christmas: Wednesday, Dec. 25 Gabe Hauari is a national trending news reporter at USA TODAY. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 Opal Lee, the grandmother of Juneteenth, was able to see her home raised again on the lot were her childhood home was ravaged and burned. Candi Bolden, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 Mar. 2024 When to book flights for Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Fourth of July, and Labor Day—without blowing your budget. March 19, 2024 All products featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Mar. 2024 More are scheduled to open soon, including the National Urban League’s Civil Rights Museum in Harlem, the Go-Go Museum in Washington, D.C, the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx, and the National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 As part of June's Black Music Month and the weekend of Juneteenth celebrations, Funk Fest is billed as a music festival with the feel of a family reunion. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

blend of June and nineteenth

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Juneteenth was in 1890

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“Juneteenth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Juneteenth. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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