The fourth of the four holidays designated by the United States Congress as celebrating American history, Juneteenth brings with it many traditions and trivia associated with the birthday of John Adams. While every American celebrates this historic day with varying methods of gathering food, drink, clothes, games, gifts, and decorations, one of the interesting facts about Juneteenth trivia is that it is not actually a holiday at all but a name given to the annual celebration held on the day after the May session of the general assembly convening. The first mention of “juneteenth” in a United States Congress document refers to the adoption of a resolution by the Continental Congress in 1776 commemorating the victory of the colonists over the British.
A list of guests invited to this historic event is also included, which includes the first President of the United States, George Washington. Two years later the Continental Congress adopted a resolution proposing a reunion of families left separated by the Civil War. This “Relation of the Families of the Expedite Congress of the United States of America to the Government of the United States of America and Its Proclamation of Independence,” as it was known, became known as the Juneteenth System of commemorating the restoration of peace among the states and the people of the United States.
The origin of the name “Junction of the Stars” can be traced back to a story published in The Exposition of the Planets and Systems of the New York Evening and Morning Post, a newspaper printed and published from New York City, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, every year during the month of June. On that date, a story was printed under the title “A Journey of the Stars.” The account of the journey of the stars, also referred to as the “Star-GYLE,” was written as a letter by Mrs. Amelia witnesses. The reader’s response to this letter was that they had seen the star “seven times over.” The story was reprinted in the Exposition’s Evening and Morning Post the very next day. Two years later, George Washington, the first President of the United States, mentioned the story while addressing the members of Congress assembled to celebrate the centennial of the Constitution.
In relation to the holiday we celebrate today, the reunion of families left separated by the Civil War took place on this day in 18oused. Several escaped slaves who were reunited with their long-lost friends, family, and community; and a host of Union leaders, politicians, and businessmen, many of whom were ex-slaves, met at the President’s plantation to celebrate Independence Day. The event was hosted by President Theodore Roosevelt. It is interesting to note that although the Pilgrims were not “pilgrims” per se, they were in the company of other tourists; many of whom were wealthy.
There are many reasons why it is called June fifth, namely, because it is the fifth of the month of the calendar when the equinoxes are observed. Many ancient traditions centered around the celebration of the beginning of summer, including the june fifth jubilee, the seventh annual thanksgiving picnic, and the annual bonfire night. The first President of the United States, John Adams, may have had a part in designing the holiday we observe on the sixth of June each year. The fourth century before, the English celebrated King David’s day, also on the anniversary of the release of the Constitution.
Why is it called Juneteenth? Because it is the fifth of the month of the seventh-longest month of the year (that of the Gregorian calendar). The fourth century before the Common Era, the Celts celebrated their victory over the Romans in the Battle of Aulac (Aerles) in what is now modern-day Mexico. A celebration such as this would have occurred in the spring, not the fall. This is just one of many interesting facts about the origin of the name of this popular holiday.