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JUNETEENTH NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY

6/20/2022

THIS IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY. BANKS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES ARE CLOSED. THERE IS NO MAIL DELIVERY ON THIS DAY.

This is a "NEW OFFICIAL" national holiday that was signed into law on June 17, 2021 by President Joe Biden.

Alternate titles: Black Independence Day, Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, Juneteenth National Independence Day. The name “Juneteenth” references the date of the holiday, combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.”

Juneteenth was originally celebrated in Texas, on June 19, 1866. It marked the first anniversary of the day that African Americans there first learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years after it was initially issued. The holiday was originally celebrated with prayer meetings and by singing spirituals and wearing new clothes to represent newfound freedom. Within a few years, African Americans were celebrating Juneteenth in other states, making it an annual tradition. Learn more.

Juneteenth celebrations in the United States typically include prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings and [sic. cookouts], and festivals with food, music, and dancing. The day is also celebrated outside the United States and is used to recognize the end of slavery as well as to celebrate African American culture and achievements.

Source: Britannica