Juneteenth Is Officially Here—Learn 4 Ways To Say ‘Happy Juneteenth'

The 158th anniversary of Juneteenth is June 19, 2024. Juneteenth is a celebration of Black Freedom and the thrives made to achieve justice for Black people in America. Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas on June 19, 1866 to commemorate the end of slavery and enslaved people first learning of the Emancipation Proclamation, per National Geographic. As historical knowledge on the holiday continues to spread around the country—and the world—here is a guide on modern ways to say “Happy Juneteenth!”  

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How To Say 'Happy Juneteenth'

1. Just Say ‘Happy Juneteenth!’

The easiest way to wish someone a Happy Juneteenth is by messaging them and wishing them a fulfilled day. Similar to Black History Month, and other important anniversaries to Black Americans, it is important to acknowledge it as an American holiday, even if you do not celebrate it. 

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2. Donate to Mutual Aid Funds and Black Organizations

Donating is a timeless way to support individual Black people and support communities tackling modern-day racism. If you’re looking for donating, check out mutual aid funds— these are community-created funds that crowdsource recourses to help support members. Mutual Aid funds can be allocated to medical bills, rent, cash bail, grocery supplies, and other necessities. Thanks to modern technology, there are many ways to support Black Activists and organizations by donating through Cashapp, Venmo, Zelle, and other online payment forms. You can research Black Organizations and Mutual Aid funds in your area that may need financial support.

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3. Support Black Businesses

Similar to donating to mutual aid funds, buying from small Black-owned businesses can help maintain economic sustainability. Although buying Black can be a timeless way of supporting Black people, it should be noted that you should buy Black throughout the year not specifically on Black historical holidays, and advocate for the redistribution of wealth in historically oppressed Black areas. Here are 30 Black-owned clothing businesses and Black-owned bookstores to shop at all June and all year long!

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4. Learn the True History of Juneteenth

Education on Juneteenth and its significance is the best way to sincerely wish someone a ‘Happy Juneteenth!’ Juneteenth is a day dedicated to recognizing justice and freedom for African Americans and Black people in America. It symbolizes freedom and justice for Black Americans and African Americans. Juneteenth is an American holiday and researching its significance to the African American and Black community will show your dedication to being an ally.

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