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Juneteenth Independence Day 2021 - 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 when the last enslaved African Americans in the United States learned they were free. The Confederate army surrendered in April 1865 ending the Civil War. However, word did not reach the last enslaved people until June 19th when union soldiers brought the news to slaves to Galveston, Texas. This was over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves was signed by Abraham Lincoln. It is celebrated every June 19th, and has been a federal holiday since .

When is the next Juneteenth Independence Day?

Juneteenth Independence Day is 320 days away. (45.7 weeks away or 10.7 months away)
Juneteenth Independence Day will next be observed on Monday, June 20th, 2022. *

Juneteenth Independence Day Dates

Year Juneteenth Independence Day Recognition Date
2020Friday, June 19th
2021Friday, June 18th *
2022Monday, June 20th *
2023Monday, June 19th
2024Wednesday, June 19th
2025Thursday, June 19th
2026Friday, 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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