CLINTON — On Tuesday, area residents will be able to attend Clinton’s first-ever Juneteenth celebration.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, nearly three years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

In 2002, Gov. Tom Vilsack signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a state holiday known as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Today, Juneteenth celebrations highlight, promote and encourage cooperative relations among all cultural communities. The day is celebrated across the nation through a range of activities including barbecuing, fishing and community gatherings.

The Juneteenth celebration in Clinton will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in Riverview Park.