Is Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021? As Juneteenth approaches some have wondered if 19 June is a federal holiday. We explore whether the day is a federal holiday or a national holiday.
Is Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021?
Texas was the first state to recognise Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day as a recognised national holiday in 1980.
In June last year, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was introduced into Congress, which called for 19 June to become an official annual federal holiday.
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Many have taken to social media as they speak out on how they think Juneteenth should be a federal holiday celebrated nationwide.
Others have gone on to set up their own petitions to make 19 June a federal holiday.
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Ways to celebrate Juneteenth
As Juneteenth approaches, many will be looking for different ways they can celebrate the holiday. Oprah Daily has shared a few ways of celebrating, from attending talks and street fairs to looking into the history of the holiday.
You could also bring together friends and family in festivities of your own in a small gathering at home.