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What is Juneteenth? When is it observed? Is it a federal holiday? Here’s everything to know logo 6/18/2021 Katherine Rodriguez,

Juneteenth, which is on June 19, 2021, celebrates the day in 1865 when enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had freed them.

It is a state holiday in New Jersey and it is now a federal holiday after President Biden signed the bills passed by the House and the Senate.

What is the history behind Juneteenth?

The day commemorates the moment when Union troops told the remaining enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that all people who were still enslaved at the time should be freed according to the Emancipation Proclamation.

They were the last slaves to hear of their freedom because Texas was considered to be a remote state at the time.

Juneteenth took place more than a month after the Civil War’s end and 900 days after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth has been celebrated in different parts of the U.S. for more than a century, and it is considered to be the longest running Black holiday in the U.S.

But it gained traction in 2020 after Black Lives Matter campaigned for it to become a national holiday.

Where is Juneteenth currently observed?

Juneteenth is currently observed in most U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

It was an official state holiday in New Jersey, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia, and as of Thursday, is now a federal holiday.

When is Juneteenth 2021?

Because Juneteenth falls on a Saturday, in states like New Jersey, the state will observe the holiday on Friday, June 18, 2021. In other states, such as New York and Virginia, the holiday will be observed on Saturday, June 19.

Starting in 2022, it will also become a paid holiday in Washington state.

Will Juneteenth become a federal holiday?

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to make Juneteenth a federal holiday in the U.S. on Tuesday, and the U.S. House of Representatives followed suit on Wednesday.

President Biden signed the bill into law Thursday afternoon.

The law will take effect this year, giving most federal employees a day off this Friday. In other years, federal employees will get off work on June 19 or on the following Friday or Monday near it.

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