Date on which the freedom of the slaves was formally announced in Texas in 1865, more than two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War. juneteenth.comINFOSHARE
***Gay Pride Parade and Festival (since 1970). One of the nation's largest. Last Sunday in June Yearly. All ages. Free 12p UNCONFIRMED
Hundreds of floats, thousands of flamboyantly happy people. Special events at all area bars and restaurants, major after-parties. Wear sun screen. Typically goes S on Broadway, S on Halsted, E on Belmont, S on Broadway, E on Diversey to Cannon Drive. 773/348-8243 chicagopride.gopride.comUptown, 4400 N Broadway. At Montrose. MAPINFOSHARE
*Independence Day. Yearly.
Legal holiday. The Declaration of Independence from Great Britain was passed by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on this day in 1776. Typically observed with picnics and evening fireworks. holidays.net/independenceINFOSHARE
Earth at Aphelion. Our orbit's farthest point from the sun. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED