The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted today to adopt an ordinance establishing Juneteenth as a County holiday, celebrated on June 19. This ordinance was introduced on Oct. 25, 2022.
On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in January 1863. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
In 2021, the Federal Government established into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. Juneteenth is a national holiday, a day of observance in the United States, aimed at commemorating the news of emancipation.
This federally recognized holiday is promoted by celebrating African American history, culture, and achievements, as well as advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Juneteenth is the 14th County holiday approved by the Board of Supervisors.