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Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day and also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865. The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed into law. Juneteenth's commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas, which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States. The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act bill was signed on June 17, 2021, making Juneteenth the eleventh American federal holiday.
In New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in October 2020 officially marking Juneteenth as a state public holiday, several months after he had issued an executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees. Some local governments had also recognized the holiday in 2020.