Juneteenth Is Celebrated At The Federal Level On Wednesday, But in New Jersey its on Friday. Confused? Here Is Why

Juneteenth, the holiday which marks the end of slavery in the United States, is celebrated on a federal level on Wednesday – June 19, but the state of New Jersey will wait to celebrate until Friday.

Confused? Here is the reason.

The day was first recognized as a federal holiday when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in on June 17, 2021.

However, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy had already signed a law in September 2020 that established the day as an “official state and public holiday in New Jersey to be observed each year on the third Friday in June.”

Therefore, the state and federal Juneteenth holidays often do not fall on the same date.

So while it will business as usual for state and local government on Wednesday, because it is a federal holiday, the federal courts, postal service, and other federal services will be off.

The reason New Jersey did it the way it is, was a result of an amendment to the bill as it was being debated in committee, after lawmakers decided they wanted the state to observe a three-day weekend, as opposed to a separate day every year.

Juneteenth, which is now the eleventh recognized federal holiday, joining the likes of Memorial Day, Independence Day, New Year’s, and Labor Day commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved people of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom.

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  1. Huh only like 250,000 blacks were freed then whys it a holiday then 2 years later i believe a few months later like 4 million blacks were freed on dec. 6 so were changing it to dec.6 and isn’t part of Martin Luther day also abt blacks…. 2 days for it and veterans only get 1 oyyyy du velt iz meshuga

  2. NJ did not abolish slavery until the 13th amendment-which NJ voted against. When that happened all slaves(all 19 of them)became free.
    Slavery became illegal in NJ 2 years after Juneteenth so why does NJ celebrate Juneteenth?

  3. On Friday because is Lakewood Duh ! They free their slaves every Friday afternoon is a whole different system in Lakewood .

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