Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Cel-Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated on June 19. On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation— which had been issued on January 1, 1863— was read to enslaved African Americans in Texas. Onward from there, the first official celebration of Juneteenth was a year later, where freed slaves read the proclamation themselves, remembering the memories of these festivities serving as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures against them. It was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members.
These commemorative events held parties, sporting, such as horse and foot races and baseball games, fishing and barbecuing. Food was abundant because everyone prepared a special dish. Meats such as lamb, pork and beef which are not available everyday were brought on this special occasion. Also strawberry soda-pops.