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What's open and closed on Juneteenth 2024

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Juneteenth and Its Significance as a Federal Holiday

Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, became the newest US federal holiday in 2021. On June 19, 1865, Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming that enslaved African Americans were free, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 brought Juneteenth to national consciousness, leading to its recognition as a public holiday in at least 28 states and Washington DC. Juneteenth falls on June 19, and many employees have the day off to commemorate or engage in community service. On Juneteenth, the United States Postal Service does not deliver mail, while UPS and FedEx services remain open. The Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange do not trade, and major banks observe the holiday by closing their branches. Federal offices and many schools are closed, but private businesses like retailers, grocery stores, and restaurants may operate as usual.