Juneteenth, also know is Freedom Day, has been celebrated by in the United States for more than 150 years, but it hasn’t gotten the recognition it deserves.
The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were informed of the abolition of slavery – more than two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This event was a key landmark to the end of enslavement in the United States. It should be acknowledged and celebrated.
But this wasn’t a holiday I heard about growing up. I never learned about it in history class, despite how important it is to our history.
Over the last few years, Juneteenth has finally grained more recognition nationally, and officially became a federal holiday in 2021. It’s important to acknowledge it as an American holiday and understand what it represents. Juneteenth celebrations are now happening around the country, and I am proud that my children are learning it’s history and importance.
Of course, as with any holiday celebration, Juneteenth celebrations include delicious food! There are many amazing recipes that pay homage to Juneteenth. This year, our family is celebrating by cooking some traditional Juneteenth foods.
Whether you are celebrating, going to a celebration, or just looking for some tastiness in the kitchen, here are some recipes to honor Juneteenth:
- Crunchy Vegan Tofu Nuggets – A plant-based take on a traditional Juneteenth food
- White Bean and Tomato Salad – Red is the primary color of Juneteenth, featured heavily in this dish with juicy tomatoes
- Balsamic BBQ Pulled Pork – Juneteenth has it’s roots in Texas, so we had to include some BBQ on the menu!