How Does a Tradition Become a Holiday?

Historians are observant. In this lesson, students will explore the history of Juneteenth and how it developed organically and has recently been adopted as a civic holiday in the majority of U.S. states. They will use primary sources to discover how African Americans use this holiday to demonstrate resistance to the history of enslavement while also celebrating the joys of freedom, community, and traditions.

Teacher Resources

Get access to lesson plans, teacher guides, student handouts, and other teaching materials.

  • Detailed lesson plan with step-by-step instructions
  • Student Activity Handouts as Google Docs and printable PDFs