The Juneteenth. Freedom Day. Emancipation Day. Whatever you call it, the celebration is here, but is it a federal holiday?
On June 19th, the Honoured Year on June 15th commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in 1865.
Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation into law on January 1st 1863, declaring that all persons held as slaves are and will now be free.
On June 19th 1865, Union Army general Gordon Granger declared slaves in Texas free under General Order No. 3.
It was a spectacular day in African American history, and has been honoured with parades and conventions throughout the country for decades, but is it a federal holiday? Read on to see more about this page.
Is June 20th 2022 a federal holiday?
For Juneteenth, June 2022 is a federal holiday, which falls on Sunday (June 19th), so the federal holiday will be observed a day later on Monday 20th.
However, the measure only became one in 2021. On June 16th 2021, the House of Representatives approved legislation which constituted Juneteenth as a federal holiday and officially declared it Juneteenth National Independence Day.
The bill was passed 415-14, with 14 Republicans voting against it, and the federal holiday was officially adopted with a ceremony at the White House.
Great nations do not ignore their most painful moments. Great nations do not walk away. We come to terms with the mistakes we made. And, remembering those moments, we begin to heal and grow stronger, according to Biden.
I have been president for several months, but I think this will go down for me as one of the greatest blessings I will have had as president.
According to Kamala Harris, the first black lady to serve as Vice President, we are here to witness Joe Biden''s decision to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday. We have come far, and we have far to go, but today is a day of celebration.
It was already a state holiday in Texas
It may have just been called a federal holiday, but Juneteenth has been a state holiday in Texas since 1980.
All states must follow the federal holidays, but individual states are also permitted to set their own public holidays.
A state holiday is still a public holiday, but it is only observed in a particular state rather than in the country.
After state rep. Al Edwards proposed the measure, Juneteenth officially became a state holiday in Texas on January 1st 1980.
Most other states followed suit and made Juneteenth a state holiday, but institutions, like banks and schools, did not legally have to close until the holidays began in 2021.
All the federal holidays in 2022
New Years Day:Saturday, January 1st (Observed on Friday, December 31)
Monday, January 17th, Martin Luther King Jr Day
Presidents Day:Monday, February 21st
Memorial Day:Monday, May 30th
Sunday, June 19th (Observed on Monday, June 20th)
Independence Day:Monday, July 4th
Labor Day: Monday, September 5th
Monday, October 10th, Indigenous Peoples Day (Columbus Day)
Friday, November 11, Veterans Day
Thanksgiving:Thursday, November 24th
Sunday, December 25th (Observed Monday, December 26th)