Juneteenth was established as a federal holiday by President Joe Biden on June 17, 2021, just two days before the official holiday celebrating the freedom of African Americans. As an official federal holiday, it means that all government office institutions, including banks, the stock market, and post offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.
This year, Juneteenth falls on a Sunday, meaning federal entities will be closed on Monday, June 20.
Commemorating the anniversary of the emancipation proclamation of Sunday, June 19, 1866, Juneteenth has been celebrated for years, but it is the first official US holiday that’s been established since 1983 when Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created.
Will you and your family be celebrating Juneteenth this year? What are your plans? Share them with us at AY, and of course don’t forget to participate in one of the many nearby community celebrations happening around the state this weekend. Check them all out right here at our Top Weekend Events in Arkansas.