What are the colors for Juneteenth? Flags, nail designs, desserts and more

Bruno Cooke May 31, 2021

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Juneteenth, aka Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day, falls on 19 June. What are the colors for Juneteenth? Where should you look for nail designs, desserts and backdrops, and what is the meaning of the Juneteenth flag?

What is Juneteenth?

A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”, Juneteenth is a national holiday in the US. 

Its purpose is to celebrate the liberation of those who had been slaves. It originated in Galveston, Texas, and quickly spread around the country.

It falls on 19 June because that was the date, in the year 1865, that Union Army general Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom from slavery in Texas.

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What are the colors for Juneteenth?

Founded in 1994, the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) recognises red, white and blue as the Juneteenth colours.

But actual Juneteenth celebrations tend to emphasise a different combination.

Does Juneteenth have a flag?

Yes, but while the colours may be the same as those of the US national flag, the flag design isn’t the same. 

Instead, at its bottom is a red convex arc. 

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Above it is a dark blue concave background, resembling a night sky into which a red hill is rising.

In the centre is large white five-pointed regular star, upright. Around it is another star, with 12 points, making the whole design vertically symmetrical.

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Juneteenth also known as Emancipation Day is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Texas it is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June

What is the meaning of the Juneteenth flag?

The five-pointed star correlates to the star of Texas’ state flag. Likewise, the colours match up to the colours of the flag of Texas.

Meanwhile the arc might represent a “new dawn” – the rising sun of a new day.

According to LJ Graf, the flag depicts a “bursting ‘new star’ on the horizon”. The star itself represents “a new freedom, a new people”.

The flag also bears the date of 19 June, 1865.

What other colors are associated with Juneteenth?

Besides the “official” colours of red, white and blue, other colours also feature prominently during Juneteenth celebrations.

Celebrants might honour Black Independence Day with red, black and green. These are the colours of the pan-African flag

Introduced by Jamaican political activist Marcus Garvey 101 years ago, the colours of Pan-Africanism are red, black and green.

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Jamaican 1976 fifty cent 50c) coin featuring a portrait of Marcus Garvey

Celebrating Juneteenth – backdrops and festive desserts

Oprah Daily has compiled an impressive gallery of red, white and blue desserts. While these may more snugly fit the bill for 4th July, they can also work for Juneteenth celebrations.

Etsy is currently hosting numerous Juneteenth products, including backdrops, banners, party decorations and flags. 

Meanwhile stock photos for digital backdrops can be found at Shutterstock, Pixabay and in the Adobe Stock Library.

Need ideas for Juneteenth nail designs?

Look no further than the laqueristas of Reddit and their counterparts on Pinterest for Juneteenth nail designs.

Bruno is a postgraduate student studying global journalism, with research interests in the intersection of the media, storytelling, culture and politics. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Packs Light and Forge Press, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com. He is a Student Ambassador for Tortoise Media, a big fan of Freddie Mercury and a novelist – his debut novel, Reveries, is available on Amazon.