July 19, 2021 marks the 156th celebration of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated each year on June 19 to commemorate the day that news of emancipation reached the deepest parts of the Confederacy in Galveston, Texas. On June 19, 1865, the Union army arrived in Galveston to announce the Civil War had ended and all enslaved Black people were now free. This was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had become official on January 1, 1863. Today, Juneteenth is about celebrating Black history, freedom, and achievement.