Black History: Juneteenth Is Now A National Holiday
President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law Thursday, officially making June 19th a federal holiday and giving national recognition to a day commemorating emancipation.
"Juneteenth marks both a long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and the promise of a brighter morning to come," Biden said during a signing ceremony at the White House. "This is a day, in my view, of profound weight and profound power. A day in which we remember the moral stain, terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take."
Since June 19 falls on a Saturday this year, most federal employees will observe the holiday on Friday, June 18, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management tweeted.