Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the emancipation of slavery in the United States. The event originated in Galveston, Texas and is celebrated annually throughout the U.S., on the 19th of June or the third Saturday in June. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army General Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. Juneteenth was designated an official federal holiday in 2021 and a City of Los Angeles holiday in 2022.