Juneteenth made national holiday
Day celebrates end of slavery in the United States
June 23, 2021
On June 17, President Joe Biden signed legislation creating the first national holiday in over 30 years. Juneteenth National Independence Day, or Juneteenth, will be observed on June 19 as a legal public holiday.
The last time legislation was passed and signed into law to create a legal public holiday was in 1983 when Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was recognized to observe the birthday of the Civil Rights leader. MLK Day is observed on the 3rd Monday of January each year.
While there were 14 members of the House of Representatives who voted against the bill, it passed both the Senate and the...