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Juneteenth June 19

On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free. This day came to be known as Juneteenth, now officially a federal holiday.

Father's Day June 16

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972—58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official—that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Father’s Day 2024 will occur on Sunday, June 16.

Flag Day June14

Flag Day was founded by a school teacher named Bernard J. Cigrand, who began observing the day with his class at Stony Hill School in Wisconsin, according to Ozaukee County website.

In 1885, Cigrand urged his students to observe June 14 as “Flag Birthday.” He later wrote an essay published in a Chicago newspaper urging Americans to also celebrate the flag annually on that day.

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