Despite the announcement, Texas slave owners weren't too eager to part with what they felt was their property. The march brought Juneteenth back to the forefront, and when march participants took the celebrations back to their home states, the holiday was reborn. Texas was the first state to declare Juneteenth a state holiday. As a senator, Barack Obama co-sponsored legislation to make Juneteenth a national holiday, though it didn't pass then or while he was president. Juneteenth traditions vary across the U.S.As the tradition of Juneteenth spread across the U.S., different localities put different spins on celebrations.