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Ways to honor and celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth (short for June 19), also known as Emancipation Day or Black Independence Day, commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S. It is recognized as a federal holiday, with many states recognizing it as a state holiday as well. It is a special day of observance to celebrate African-American freedom, culture, and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

Here are a few ways you can honor Juneteenth:

Learn about—and support—policies, new ventures, and organizations that promote and protect the freedom and civil rights of everyone. For example, volunteer for an organization or donate to groups dedicated to this mission.

Participate in Juneteenth events in your community. Attend Juneteenth free lectures and discussions sponsored by your local library or university.

Seek to understand the culture and history of slavery and emancipation. Tour historical sites that honor the abolishment of slavery and cultural institutions dedicated to creating awareness for racial equity.

Deepen understanding and show support. Read historic and contemporary books written by Black authors and poets, listen to Black artists, and watch Black shows and movies.

Celebrate Juneteenth through food. Get inspired to get cooking by reading this article, in which Bon Appétit editor in chief Jamila Robinsona shares a conversation with chef Carla Hall, discussing how they celebrate—and cook—on the national holiday.

Find books to help your kids celebrate Juneteenth:

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Learn more about the history of Juneteenth:

Read “A beginner’s guide to celebrating Juneteenth”