Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX on June 19,1865 to announce General Order No. 3, proclaiming all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Though some cities and states held previous celebrations, President Joe Biden signed legislation into law on June 17, 2021 establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

While Juneteenth – also known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day – is a celebration, it is also a day to listen, learn and support. Learn more about how you can recognize Juneteenth in surrounding Spot communities:

Community Celebrations

Indy Juneteenth

Saturday, June


White River State Park at Celebration Plaza

801 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas

June 16 -19

Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood

Charlotte, NC


Juneteenth Celebration in Downtown Tempe

Sunday, June 19


CenterPoint Plaza

660 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe, AZ 85281


Support Black-owned Businesses 

Indy Black Owned – Indianapolis Black-owned Businesses


70+ Black-owned Businesses You Can Support Right Now – Axios Charlotte


Black-owned Restaurants and Businesses in Tempe, AZ – Tempe Tourism



13th (2016)                The Central Park Five (2012)          42 (2013)


Rosewood (1997)      Selma (2014)                                      12 Years a Slave (2013)


Malcom X (1992)       Just Mercy (2019)                              The Long Walk Home (1990)



‘An Ocassion for Unapologetic Black Joy, Community Connection, and Reeducation’: University of Washington’s LaTaSha Levy Discusses Juneteenth (Blog)


How To Keep Juneteenth Alive All Year Round – Sounds Good with Branden Harvey (Podcast)


The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth – National Museum of African American History & Culture | Smithsonian (Blog)


Honoring Juneteenth with Ibram X. Kendi – Vox Conversations (Podcast)