Juneteenth is a yearly observance remembering the date, June 19, 1865, that the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced in Galveston, Texas, eliminating slavery completely in the United States. Galveston was one of the most remote regions that still had slaves, thus this enforcement freed the remaining enslaved peoples. Texas was the first state to declare Juneteenth a state holiday in 1980 and 46 other states commemorate this date in some manner.
There are several activities in the Charleston area celebrating this date. The Lowcountry Festival has weeklong events which include a family day of fun on Saturday June 19. Juneteenth Freedom Fest, also on Saturday, June 19, is at Riverfront Park and celebrates family and freedom with fun and fireworks.
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