In some cases, there was outwardly exhibited resistance by barring the use of public property for the festivities.
Most of the festivities found themselves out in rural areas around rivers and creeks that could provide for additional activities such as fishing, horseback riding and barbecues.
President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.
The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.
In the early years, little interest existed outside the African American community in participation in the celebrations.Prayer services were also a major part of these celebrations.Certain foods became popular and subsequently synonymous with Juneteenth celebrations such as strawberry soda-pop.More traditional and just as popular was the barbecuing, through which Juneteenth participants could share in the spirit and aromas that their ancestors - the newly emancipated African Americans, would have experienced during their ceremonies.Hence, the barbecue pit is often established as the center of attention at Juneteenth