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Federal Holiday Juneteenth on Monday June 19th

June 15, 2023- Juneteenth is Monday June 19th. Juneteenth is a national holiday meaning that the both mail delivery and banks will be unavailable.

Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Deriving its name from combining June and nineteenth, it is celebrated on the anniversary of the order, issued by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas.

Originating in Galveston, Juneteenth has since been observed annually in various parts of the United States, often broadly celebrating African-American culture. The day was first recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law after the efforts of Lula Briggs Galloway, Opal Lee, and others.

Locally, the annual Juneteenth celebration will be held June 17-18th.

Author: Ethan Klein

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