D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan both announced Thursday that all state and city government agencies and offices will be closed Friday in honor of Juneteenth on Saturday.
Congress approved a bill to make June 19 — Juneteenth — the 12th federal holiday on Wednesday.
“This is an important step forward for our country,” Hogan said in a news release. “Maryland is proud to support this legislation, and observe this new national holiday.”
State government agencies and offices will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021 in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day. Maryland is proud to observe this new national holiday. pic.twitter.com/TPQu6pxpXG
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 17, 2021
Hogan said that if a national holiday falls on a Saturday, state employees will honor the holiday the Friday before.
Bowser announced the District’s move to observe Juneteenth at a news conference on her 2022 proposed budget.
She went on to explain the difference between Juneteenth, the day that celebrates the end of slavery throughout the United States, and the District’s Emancipation Day, the day that celebrates the end of slavery in D.C.
Observing these holidays isn’t enough, she said.
“Neither one of them address what will truly make Washingtonians free in our system, and that’s statehood for the District of Columbia,” Bowser said.
President Biden is expected to sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on Thursday, which will make Juneteenth a national holiday.
Most federal employees will observe Juneteenth on Friday.
Today @POTUS will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday. As the 19th falls on a Saturday, most federal employees will observe the holiday tomorrow, June 18th.
— U.S. Office of Personnel Management (@USOPM) June 17, 2021
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