As proud Americans we all can't wait to have BBQ's, pool parties, and to fire those fireworks in the skies to signify our independence. However, the Declaration of Independence did not pertain to every man, every woman, every American in 1776. African-American slaves were not liberated in 1776, therefore, June 19th known as 'Juneteenth' was celebrated due to the end of Slavery and the official freedom of African-Americans even though it was two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Black Americans would also like to share our history and victories with our fellow Americans by making sure that this day is recognized as a state/national holiday. As we are proud to celebrate the LANDS day of liberation on July 4th , Juneteenth is an official day that the PEOPLE were officially liberated as a whole. "We The People" did not become valid until June 19th, 1865.