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Juneteenth, the nation’s second day of independence, honors the top of slavery in the USA and got here virtually three years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
President Joe Biden signed a invoice final yr that formally acknowledges Juneteenth as a federal vacation.
The federal vacation commemorates the day when over 1 / 4 of one million enslaved Black individuals realized of their freedom after Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and roughly 2,000 Union troops arrived at Galveston Bay, Texas on June 19, 1865.
Juneteenth is the primary federal vacation established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.
Juneteenth falls on Sunday, June 19, however can be noticed in lots of locations on Monday, June 20, this yr.
Here is a have a look at what can be closed in observance of Juneteenth:
All nonessential federal authorities buildings and workplaces can be closed Monday.
Many private and non-private faculties can be closed as properly, however remember to verify your native college calendar.
USPS can be closed on June 20.
Most main eating places together with retail, chain and grocery shops will stay open.