In the United States June 19, or Juneteenth, is known as Freedom Day. The day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger visited Galveston, Texas, to inform the community that President Abraham Lincoln had abolished slavery two years prior.

There is speculation about the delay, but many believe the news was purposely withheld from some regions.

Juneteenth is celebrated throughout the nation. Some celebrations occurred over the weekend, including Juneteenth parades in a number of cities.