FRAMINGHAM – In the summer of 2020, Massachusetts created the Juneteenth holiday. In June 2021, President Joseph Biden, made it a federal holiday.
Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19. But since June 19 fell on a Sunday, the federal government, state government and local municipalities will honor Juneteenth on Monday, June 20.
According to Juneteenth.com, “Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.”
Federal, state, and city offices are closed on Monday, June 20 to observe Juneteenth.
Schools are closed today.
There is no trash collection on Monday, so most communities will be on a one-day delayed collection schedule this week.
Mail: Post offices closed; express delivery and Amazon available, but no home delivery.
Convenience stores: Open
Banks: Most are closed.
Movie theatres: Open