Juneteenth National Independence Day


variants or less commonly Juneteenth Independence Day
: June 19 observed as a legal holiday in the United States in commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. : juneteenth

Note: Juneteenth National Independence Day became a U.S. federal holiday in 2021. The holiday is also called Black Independence Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day.

Examples of Juneteenth National Independence Day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Congress passed The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in June 2021, a day after the Senate passed the bill with unanimous consent. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2024 Next on the calendar is a new complimentary entrance day introduced this year, on Wednesday, June 19, celebrating Juneteenth National Independence Day. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Jan. 2024 The days where guests gain free entrance are: January 15 (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.); April 20 (First day of National Park Week); June 19 (Juneteenth National Independence Day); August 4 (Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act; September 28. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 12 Dec. 2023 Labor Day is the seventh postal holiday, following New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr., President’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth National Independence Day and Independence Day. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 4 Sep. 2023 There have already been five postal holidays this year: New Year’s Day (Jan. 2); Martin Luther King Jr. birthday (Jan. 16); President’s Day (Feb. 20); Memorial Day (May 29); and Juneteenth National Independence Day (June 19). Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 4 July 2023 Its proper name reflects that: Juneteenth National Independence Day, as decreed in the bill President Biden signed two years ago to authorize the federal holiday. Jamil Smith, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2023 President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in June 2021, making June 19 a federal holiday. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 18 June 2023 Answering public calls for federal recognition that grew throughout 2020 and into 2021, the Senate unanimously passed a bill to establish Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal, public holiday, despite some initial pushback from Republican lawmakers. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 18 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Juneteenth National Independence Day was in 1989

Dictionary Entries Near Juneteenth National Independence Day


Juneteenth National Independence Day

June Week

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“Juneteenth National Independence Day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Juneteenth%20National%20Independence%20Day. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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