Since MLK Day in 1983, Juneteenth has been designated as a national holiday.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday, so mark your calendars for Friday (and/or Saturday)!
On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed a resolution declaring the first national holiday since Ronald Reagan designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a holiday in 1983. Every year on June 19, “Juneteenth National Independence Day” is commemorated. Because June 19 falls on a Saturday in 2021, the federal holiday will be observed one day earlier.
Biden remarked of the new holiday, “This is a day that is significant in my viewâ€”deep in weight and profound in strength.” “I’m particularly glad that we demonstrated to the nation that Democrats and Republicans can work together to mark this day with overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress.”
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Juneteenth is the “longest-running African-American holiday,” commemorating the date on which slaves in Texas and other southwest states received word of slavery’s end, formalizing their liberation a month after the Civil War ended. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years prior.
It all started in 1866 with church celebrations, but it quickly extended across the Black community, especially in the South.
“Making Juneteenth a federal holiday is a really, really, very important milestone in our history,” Biden added.
Vice President Kamala Harris, the first African-American woman to hold the position, thanked those who had been “waiting for this day for so long.”
She said, “Your nation thanks you everyone.” “When we establish a national holiday, it marks something important.”
Harris, tearing up, noted that the White House, where the bill was being signed, was built by slaves and Lincoln had been assassinated blocks away.
“It was an indeed important day,” she said.
The Juneteenth resolution’s bipartisan passage came this week in a divided Congress after years of resistance, with the Senate ultimately voting unanimously in favor of the legislation and just 14 Republican House members voting against it.
It will be the United States’ 11th federal holiday, joining the ranks of President’s Day and Thanksgiving, and the first new one created since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983.
Under Senate Resolution 475, June 19 will be the next legal public holiday after Memorial Day.
On Juneteenth, federal. This is a brief summary.