On June 19th, 1865 General Robert Granger
Issued a proclamation notifying black slaves
In Texas they were free.
And Juneteenth celebrations are on “Jubilee Day”
With picnics, rodeos, lectures, and cookouts.
Families celebrate reunions, park parties,
Attend blues festivals,
And there is a Miss Juneteenth contest.
But revelers never forget to have a Strawberry soda –
The drink associated with these festivities.
And, for the more serious minded,
There are lectures, and exhibitions of African American culture.
These festivities are accompanied by a voter registration drive.
To top it all, everyone should be part of a barbecue cookout,
That is the centerpiece of most Juneteenth celebrations.