On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston with 2,000 troops and announced to the Texas slaves that they had been freed 2 years ago.
It is a large celebration for many in this state (and others, I've heard).
Not intending to sound stereotypical, we're having spareribs, corn, and watermelon to acknowledge the festivities.
Dripping Springs, Texas.
Gateway to the Hill Country