Official: June 19, A Day Marking End Of Slavery In US Now Federal Holiday

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US President, Joe Biden has approved June 19 as a federal holiday, The Precision NG can understand.

June 19 or Juneteenth is a day that marks the end of slavery in the US.

“Juneteenth is officially a federal holiday,” Biden posted on his social media handles on Thursday afternoon.

The US house had on Wednesday voted for the day to be approved as a federal holiday.

The holiday is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983 and becomes at least the eleventh federal holiday recognized by the US federal government.

The US Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday that most federal employees will observe the holiday on Friday since Juneteenth falls on a Saturday this year.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Only a handful of states currently observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday.

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