Next week, America will celebrate Juneteenth (June 19). Since Juneteenth falls on a Monday this year, many celebrations will happen over the weekend prior. Juneteenth has been a Texas state holiday since 1980, but was signed into law as a National Holiday in 2021. Last year (2022) was the first year that everyone really had time to plan for a National Celebration and our family was blessed to be able to visit some very important sites on Juneteenth.
I am determined that in our family, Juneteenth will not fall the way of other holidays, like Memorial Day, where everyone just barbecues and takes the day off and no one really remembers or knows why. I have researched the beginnings of holidays and what people used to do to celebrate them and let's just say...things have changed over the years. It's fine to celebrate differently, but it's not OK to not know WHY we celebrate.
Summer holidays also tend to suffer a bit because most children are not in school (even homeschoolers) and so the learning doesn't always happen. It's up to us, parents! Spend some time this week, and on Juneteenth, learning, watching, reading, and teaching your children (and maybe yourself) about this new-ish National holiday. It's worth celebrating!
And now, come on a little tour with me! My family was able to go on the Freedom Walk last year, which is a self-guided tour of important Juneteenth sites. We were able to hit 4 of the 5 stops. And yes, there was a little driving involved--not only walking. Hey, June in Galveston, Texas is no joke.
If you live within driving distance of Galveston, Texas, I highly recommend taking the Freedom Walk with your children. If not, hit up YouTube and "visit" these sites. Talk about them, learn about them, and celebrate Freedom Day in a meaningful way.
Freedom Walk map and information here.