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Juneteenth IS Now a Federal Holiday

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday.  Juneteenth, or June 19th, marks the true end of slavery in the United States, nearly two years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  President Biden has signed off on a bill making Juneteenth a national holiday.  The bill establishes June 19th as ‘Juneteenth National Independence Day”, commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Biden called signing the bill “one of the greatest honors I will have as president”.  It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983.   Since June 19th falls on a Saturday this year, most federal employees will get this Friday off.  How should Juneteenth be commemorated?  What kind of new traditions would you like to see?

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