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Juneteenth Holiday - Offices Closed

In observance of the Juneteenth holiday, all LCHA offices will be closed on Monday, June 19th.

What does Juneteenth celebrate? 

Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the freedom of the slaves in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. The day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day. In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill that was passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holiday. 

Interesting Facts About Juneteenth 

  • It is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the US. 
  • Juneteenth is the title of a book by author Ralph Ellison. Other books by Carolyn Meyer and Ann Rinaldi also center around the day. 
  • Some cities and groups have Miss Juneteenth contests. 
  • Strawberry soda pop was once a popular drink associated with celebrating the day. 
  • There is a Juneteenth Flag of Freedom. It is half red and half blue with a star in the middle. Each year a Juneteenth Flag raising ceremony is held in Galveston.

Juneteenth flag half blue and red