What is Juneteenth day

Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, is the oldest 

and most widely recognized celebration of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

held every year on June 19th. Juneteenth Independence Day is also known as Emancipation Day.

Juneteenth has mostly become a symbolic occasion for African Americans, symbolizing their liberation.

In 2021, US President Joe Biden signed legislation designating June 19 as a federal holiday to mark the end of slavery 

following the American Civil War (1861-65). However, only 18 states in the United 

States have approved legislation making funding available to make the holiday a paid state holiday.

The cost of granting workers extra day off has been used as an argument against such a law by those who oppose it in states.

While over 30 states in the US have refused to follow suit, Juneteenth marks the end of a year as the first new federal holiday in in four decades.

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