It is a distinct and unique Texas-inspired holiday Juneteenth, June 19th.
For newcomers here, it was on June 19, 1865 that a contingent of Union troops landed in Galveston and brought news that the war had ended and the slaves were freed.
The Texas emancipation took place some two years after Lincoln’s proclamation. Several reasons given for why it took so long for word to reach Texas, no proof of which or if all are correct.
But the immediate jubilation of Juneteenth 1865 has carried over every year in Texas to this day, making Juneteenth the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
And that’s another cause of Texas pride. So observe and celebrate. Happy Juneteenth, y’all.