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June 18, 2021

The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act established June 19th as a federal holiday.

Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, is observed on June 19. President Joe Biden "signed the new holiday into law" on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

As it falls on a Saturday in 2021, Juneteenth is being observed by Federal employees on a workday, Friday June 18, 2021. 

On June 14, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law legislation designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York State. The Governor earlier issued an Executive Order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for New York State employees.

Other jurisdictions have designated Juneteenth as holiday by proclamation. 

For example, then Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a proclamation recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday in Massachusetts in 2007 while Maryland Governor Larry Hogan  has announced that Maryland State government agencies and offices will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day and West Virginia's Governor Jim Justice issued a proclamation on June 18, 2021, officially declaring Juneteenth a State holiday in West Virginia.

 


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