What Is Juneteenth?
As national conversation surrounding issues of systemic racism and police brutality continues, this Friday marks Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.
On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that slaves were now free — with Texas becoming the final state to emancipate enslaved individuals, more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated day marking the end of American slavery.
While Juneteenth is not recognized as a federal holiday, it is a state holiday in 46 of the 50 states, as well as in Washington, D.C. Additionally, as part of a series of efforts to improve internally with regard to diversity and inclusion, a growing number of companies have announced that they will make Juneteenth a company holiday. Below, FN rounds up the brands and retailers that are now recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday.