Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX to assume control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were set free; 2 years after the January 1, 1863, signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The earliest celebrations in honor of Juneteenth date back to 1866. In June 2021, the Federal government formally recognized Juneteenth as a federal holiday and passed legislation indicating so in June 2021.
The Village of Port Chester recognizes the significance of Juneteenth and asks that anyone who wishes to learn more about the holiday and how it will be celebrated on Sunday, take pause to reflect using the links provided below.
Juneteenth on Wikipedia
the Juneteenth Story: the History Channel
Juneteenth: The History of a New Holiday
How to celebrate Juneteenth this year