I just heard that today is a holiday. Nobody told me to take the day off work! So I did some research, so I won’t miss this opportunity next year.
June 19 is Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. The day is to commemorate the announcement of the abolition of slavery. The holiday started in Texas in 1865 but is now recognized in 31 states, including Arkansas. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth, which is called a portmanteau. (You learn something every day.)
I’ve been told the day is traditionally celebrated with a large feast served as an all day meal in a park or outdoor space, and that food typically includes barbecue, fried chicken, greens, baked bread, red soda, pies, home-made ice cream, and watermelon.
Did you notice the part that said “all day meal”? There was also a mention of fried chicken and barbecue. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! 🙂 Unfortunately I don’t know anyone having a party for this, but now you know, so there’s no excuse for next year.