Galveston and Texas City bring communities together with Juneteenth parades and celebrations. Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. This was two years after Abraham Lincoln issued and enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, claiming all slaves as free. Juneteenth is celebrated widely in Galveston County, because the official announcement was made in Galveston. Texas City and Galveston have celebrated Juneteenth for many years with parades, cook-offs, music and activities for children.