Juneteenth is one of the world’s oldest celebrations commemorating slavery’s abolition. In the U.S., it is celebrated on June 19. While this holiday isn’t an official government holiday in any U.S state, it is recognized as a ceremonial observance in roughly half of them.

Although President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, slavery didn’t end in Texas because there weren’t enough Union soldiers there to enforce the order. But on June 19th, 1865, Major General Granger read General Order Number 3 to the people of Texas. The order stated: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”

Juneteenth is celebrated in a variety of different ways. One of the most traditional ways to celebrate it is by having a BBQ. Meats such as pork and beef are often cooked up and sometimes it is served with strawberry pop.