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15 Juneteenth Shirts For Kids To Express Their Pride & Support

You can wear them all year round.

As summer approaches, you’re probably not thinking too much about your kid’s clothing anymore. After weeks of getting your child dressed in endless end-of-school theme day activities, school uniforms and ironed outfits have (thankfully) been replaced with basic tee shirts, shorts, sneaks, and sandals, and the days become long and relaxing again. But there’s still another holiday to celebrate in June that your child should get dressed for, and that’s Juneteenth. If you’re looking for Juneteenth shirts for kids, there are plenty of colorful (and historical) options.

Long celebrated in the Black community, Juneteenth is an abbreviated way of saying “June nineteenth.” It marks the day when, after the Civil War, slaves were emancipated in the U.S under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. But it wasn’t until June 17, 2021 that Juneteenth became a federal holiday, according to History.com, when President Biden signed it into law.

In a month that proudly celebrates diversity, inclusion, and acceptance, you can show off your own pride by picking out a Juneteenth shirt for your child to wear for themselves as part of your family’s culture or even as an ally for the Black community, too.

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Kid dab Juneteenth shirt

There is so much joy in Juneteenth, and the little dude dabbing on this adorable Juneteenth shirt definitely knows that. Made from 100% cotton, the youth shirt offers a relaxed fit, perfect for pairing with shorts or pants. The shirt comes in a variety of colors, so you might find that you’ll want to buy more than one. It’s also lightweight, which is great when your kiddo is playing outside. But more than all that, this shirt shows the pride and happiness that Juneteenth evokes and that this is a day to be celebrated and the happiness that everyone feels should be shared.

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Black girl magic Juneteenth shirt

Your child sparkles and shines wherever she goes. Now show off that Black girl magic with this cute Juneteenth Black girl’s shirt. It’s made from 100% cotton, so (woot), it shouldn’t shrink in the wash, which means your child can get more than wearing out of the shirt. (Still, it’s best to wash it with like colors and dry on low heat so that it maintains its shape.) The shirt comes in various colors — think pink, red, green, orange, etc. — but the black background color helps the white lettering to pop. Just be sure to get a crown like the one in the design, because once your kiddo sees it, they’re going to want to wear one with the shirt, too.

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A unicorn Juneteenth shirt

Kids and fairy tale creatures go hand in hand, which is what makes this Juneteenth unicorn face t-shirt so awesome. It’s made from 100% ringspun cotton, which makes the shirt smoother, softer, and (yay) more durable than your average cotton. The shirt, while not lightweight, won’t weigh your kiddo down like other cotton can do, and it’s designed to have the perfect fit that won’t be too clingy or too boxy. It’s also pre-shrunk so that it will stay the same size, no matter how many wash cycles it goes through. The shirt is made in a fair-wage factory that is both WRAP and Fair Labor-certified, too.

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A gamer’s Juneteenth shirt

Nothing can keep your kiddo from his video game — except maybe this Juneteenth gamer shirt from Tee Public. The shirt comes in a rainbow of colors from blue and black, to pink and red, and is made from 100% cotton. Because of the way it’s made, it’s more durable, which means it can handle whatever your child can dish out. The retro lettering adds to the overall design of the shirt, which has a comfy fit for boys or girls. And because the shirt is so fun, you just might want to pick up one for all of your kiddos, too.

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Peace love Juneteenth shirt

Have you ever bought clothing for your kid and wished that it came in your size, too? Well, wish no more, because the Peace Love Juneteenth shirt from Etsy seller LovesUSA comes in both kids and adult sizes. The design is made with heat press vinyl, and you can get a backside design for an additional fee. Shirt colors range from Raspberry and Banana to Athletic Heather and Forest. The shirt has a seamless collar and double-needle stitching throughout to give the shirt extra sturdiness in case your kid has a rough and tumble day at the park or playground.

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A historical Juneteenth shirt

We love a shirt that tells a story. And this one from Etsy seller FlowerFashionStore does just that. The Juneteenth definition shirt not only offers a practical pronunciation, but it also gives a brief history lesson on what the day means. Plus, it’s just pretty, too. This shirt can be a stylish Mommy & Me ensemble that you can both wear, especially if you’re going to a parade or a party to celebrate the special day. According to the seller, the shirts “fit like a well-loved favorite,” offering cozy comfort while still making a statement.

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Celebrate freedom Juneteenth shirt

There is so much passion and pride surrounding Juneteenth. This Juneteenth 1865 Celebrate Freedom shirt will make you want to raise your own fist in the air as you celebrate how far we’ve come as a nation — and still how much more we need to go. The juniors’ graphic tee shirt has a crewneck and short sleeves, ideal for almost-summer days. The grey background color means that it can literally go with anything, and can be dressed up or down depending on where your child is wearing it. (A cool blazer over it paired with pants would make a stylish statement.)

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A raglan Juneteenth shirt

Where do you even begin to describe how darling this Black girl Juneteenth shirt is? It has ¾ raglan sleeves and a rib knit neck. It’s made from 100% ring spun combed cotton, so it will feel soft and smooth on your child’s skin. The tag-free label means that your kiddo won’t feel any scratching on their neck. The shirt comes in both kids and toddler sizes, but according to reviews, it might be a good idea to size down since the shirt tends to run a little larger. There are plenty of colors to choose from, but they’ll only affect the color of the raglan sleeves.

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A colorful Juneteenth shirt for kids

You can style this Juneteenth girl’s shirt is so many ways. You might knot it in the front or sides so that it looks less like a tee shirt (and more like a sophisticated top). You can also roll up the sleeves…and then roll up your sleeves to advocate for more Black rights and inclusion in your own community or wherever the need might be. And it can all start with this shirt, which is 100% cotton and has a seamless double-needle ¾ inch collar and taped neck and shoulders. A tearaway label might be appealing for kiddos who can’t stand tags. The shirt comes in six colors (Black, Royal Blue, and Charcoal for starters), and has a true-to-size fit.

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A Juneteenth shirt that honors Black leaders

Harriet. Kamala. Frederick. Maya. There are so many Black figures that have helped shape the landscape for equality and empowerment. Honor them all when you get your child this impactful Juneteenth shirt from Red Bubble. The onesie can be worn for newborns up to children ages 18 months. The 100% cotton shirt is ethically sourced and has lapped shoulder seams for getting your kid dressed quickly. It comes in both long and short sleeves and offers crips graphics, as one reviewer wrote, “Nice fabric, print done professionally” while others wrote, “Beautiful design! Love everything about it!” and “It was just as we had hoped!”

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A Black pride shirt for Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth is not just about history, but loving yourself as well. That’s exactly what this Youth Black Pride does… and so much more. From Black Etsy seller Yes Yes Y’All Apparel, the shirt praises Black beauty, with mantras like, “My skin is beautiful, my hair is beautiful, my mind is beautiful, I am beautiful.” The tees come in white, pink, or athletic heather and are made from super soft ring-spun cotton. One reviewer wrote, “Very cute; I love it.” What we love is that the shirt can be worn for Juneteenth, and really any other time of year, too. Above all, it’s a reminder that everything about you is beautiful… everyday.

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Juneteenth Free-ish shirt for kids

Although Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, it didn’t necessarily stop on that specific date, NPR reported. That’s what makes the Juneteenth Free ish shirt from Red Bubble both poignant and politically correct. The shirt is made from 100% cotton and ethically sourced. Some reviewers said that the shirt had “Good fit. Really soft fabric” and that it’s true-to-size. But shirt sizes aside, the Juneteenth Freeish shirt is one that will definitely evoke conversations concerning the Emancipation Proclamation and what really happened to all of the slaves on June 19. It also encourages discussions about what Black communities are facing today, and what needs to be done so that “free ish” simply becomes “free.”

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I heart Juneteenth shirt

Sometimes a simple statement packs the biggest impact. The classic design of this Juneteenth shirt with its I heart Juneteenth design makes it stand out from the rest. It has shoulder-to-shoulder taping to help it hold its shape, and the 100% preshrunk cotton means that the shirt can withstand many washings. (When you do laundry, be sure to wash it in cold water and inside out.) The shirt comes in a bunch of colors — like white, red, pink, and blue — and has a tag-free neck label. And the fade-resistant colors will stay vibrant, just like your own sentiments regarding Juneteenth.

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Boy Juneteenth shirt

Not all Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4. That explains why July 4th is crossed out on this insightful Juneteenth kids’ shirt from Etsy seller NolaPressCompany. With a split image of a little Black boy stating, “Juneteenth 1865 because my ancestors weren’t free in 1776,” it not only raises a valid point, but also gives you some serious food for thought. The Juneteenth design is printed by having the ink pressed into the fibers of the shirt with a business grade heat press. That leaves a soft, smooth feeling on the top of the fabric, without that iron-on sensation. One reviewer wrote, “Love the design and feel of the shirt” which fits true-to-size for your child.

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A moving Juneteenth shirt for kids

If you’re looking for a Juneteenth shirt for kids, this one from Etsy seller PersonalizedTeesUS is very moving. Featuring a Black person’s arm and fist breaking chains, it encapsulates the struggle faced by so many Black slaves. The shirt is made from a lightweight ring-spun cotton that has a crew neck, a tear-away label, and is side seamed. You can choose from background colors like white, black, red, orange, heather, midnight navy or peach. But whatever color you pick, the bold, graphic, and captivating image on the front will hopefully inspire conversations and change for the future.

Your child can honor Black history by participating in parades and marches, all while wearing a Juneteenth shirt for kids that is at once stylish and symbolic.