The Bureau of Human Resources confirmed that federal officials will be free on Friday to observe June 10th after President Joe Biden signed the new law today.
“Today @POTUS will sign the National Independence Day of June law, which will make June 19th a federal holiday. Since the 19th falls on a Saturday, most federal employees will keep the public holiday tomorrow, June 18th, ”tweeted the agency.
Today @POTUS will sign the National Independence Day in June bill, making June 19th a federal holiday. Since the 19th falls on a Saturday, most federal employees will keep the holiday tomorrow, June 18th.
– U.S. Office of Human Resources Management (@USOPM) June 17, 2021
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union Army general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced that the slaves in the state were free under General Ordinance No. 3. That day came months after the Confederate Army officially surrendered and ended the American Civil War.
The bill will be signed today at 3:30 p.m. EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME; it is the first new federal holiday in decades since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was incorporated into law in 1983 from then President Ronald Reagan. The Senate unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday and the House of Representatives followed with 415 to 14 votes.