President Joe Biden Signs Legislation Recognizing Juneteenth National Independence Day as a New Federal Holiday

June 18, 2021

As of Thursday, June 17, 2021, the United States has a new federal holiday commemorating June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African Americans were granted their freedom in Galveston, Texas marking the official end of slavery in the United States. This is approximately two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation feed slaves in the Southern states. In December 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified and slavery was abolished.

The Juneteenth legislation passed through Congress with overwhelming support. The senate approved the bill unanimously and the House passed it in a 415-14 vote. Under the legislation, the federal holiday will be officially known as Juneteenth National Independence Day. 

Juneteenth is the 12th legal public holiday and the first new federal holiday created in nearly 40 years since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983 by Ronald Reagan.

Vice President Kamala Harris was present as President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth legislation. The law goes into effect immediately, making this Friday (June 18, 2021) the first federal Juneteenth holiday in American history. Since June 19 falls on a Saturday this year, the federal Office of Personnel Management announced that most federal employees would observe it on Friday, June 18, 2021.

MCAA commends President Biden and all the legislators for recognizing Juneteenth as a crucial part of the American story and their efforts to unify all Americans.

Related Articles
Field leaders have many responsibilities, including growing and mentoring our industry's future workforce and future leaders. Chris Haslinger's presentation at the Field Leaders Conference will review how our industry has traditionally grown and trained our workforce. It will also provide tips for incorporating mentoring into on-the-job education. Provide your field leaders with the tools they need to ensure your company's access to future talent. Register them before May 24 and save with early bird rates!…
Mechanical service contractors face unique challenges when it comes to the safety of their workers. MSCA’s Safety Resources for Mechanical Service address these challenges through a combination of worker training and guides, manuals, and model safety programs that support your safety program. These are just a few of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.…
The start of summer is almost here and a fresh batch of interns will soon be flowing through the doors of mechanical contracting companies across the country. You have hired your interns, but now what do you do with them? MCAA's Internship Hot Sauce Guide answers this question with a visual display of intern-level tasks, classified by level of industry experience.…
Sloan, an MCAA member, has earned LEED Silver and WELL Gold certifications for its flagship showroom and office space in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. The venue, which opened in May 2022, is the world’s first commercial plumbing showroom to be both LEED and WELL certified. MCAA congratulates the Sloan team on achieving this milestone.…
Load More...