ABILENE, Texas -

Thousands across the Lone Star State celebrated a significant anniversary Thursday.

Juneteenth is the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in Texas.

For the first time, the annual festivities were hosted at the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center – instead of Stevenson Park – in Abilene.

Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald spoke at the celebration.

There were plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy. A craft table was set up so they could create their own Juneteenth Flag.

Nelson Wilson, co-chair of the Juneteenth committee, said the day is an important reminder for us to learn from the past.

"It's really for the education part,” Wilson said. “You heard the story that (a speaker) just told us about the slaves being freed and the legacy that's been passed on. Our young people are not aware of what has really transpired. They do not understand what the holiday actually means."

Brownwood is scheduled to host its own Juneteenth Celebration this weekend. It will be held at the Bennie Houston Community Center and Cecil Holman Park on Friday and Saturday.