Originating in Galveston, Texas at the end of the Civil War, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States loans-cash.net . The day is also known as Black Independence Day. We encourage you to reflect on the significance of this holiday and have provided helpful resources below to learn more about this federal holiday. Celebrating Juneteenth is important as we are reminded that one of our MCPS’ core values is equity. MCPS believes that every student matters and outcomes should not be predictable by race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.