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Juneteenth Independence Day 2023 - Federal Holidays




Juneteenth Independence Day is one of eleven federal holidays recognized nationwide by the United States Government. All non-essential federal government offices are closed on Juneteenth Independence Day, and all federal employees are paid even if they receive the day off. Many private-sector employees will also receive paid time off or special holiday pay on Juneteenth Independence Day.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when the last enslaved African Americans in the United States were freed following the conclusion of the Civil War.

While Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st 1863, most enslaved people in Confederate territory were not emancipated until the Confederate army surrendered in April 1865, ending the Civil War. Freedom did not reach the last enslaved people until June 19th 1865, when Union soldiers under Major General Gordon Granger announced the emancipation of slaves in Galveston, Texas.

Juneteenth is also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Black Independence Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day. Traditionally commemorated by Black Americans for over 100 years, Juneteenth became a Texas state holiday in 1980, and was introduced as the newest Federal holiday by President Biden in 2021.

While all fifty states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or observance, as of 2022 only 18 states have enacted laws to observe Juneteenth as a paid state holiday. It is celebrated every June 19th, and has been a federal holiday since 2021.

When is the next Juneteenth Independence Day?

Juneteenth Independence Day is 202 days away. (28.9 weeks away or 6.7 months away)
Juneteenth Independence Day will next be observed on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024.

Juneteenth Independence Day Dates

Year Juneteenth Independence Day Recognition Date
2022Monday, June 20th *
2023Monday, June 19th
2024Wednesday, June 19th
2025Thursday, June 19th
2026Friday, June 19th
2027Friday, June 18th *
2028Monday, June 19th

* Because most Federal Employees work on a Monday to Friday schedule, when a holidays falls on a weekend the holiday is observed on the closest regular workday. The holiday is observed on Friday if the holiday falls on Saturday and Monday if the holiday falls on Sunday (5 U.S.C. 6103 (b)(2)).

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