Biden Officially Signs Bill Making Juneteenth A National Holiday President Biden has signed off on a bill making Juneteenth a national holiday. The bill establishes June 19th as ‘Juneteenth National Independence Day”, commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Biden called signing the bill “one of the greatest honors I will have as president”. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983. Since June 19th falls on a Saturday this year, most federal employees will get this Friday off. How should Juneteenth be commemorated? What kind of new traditions would you like to see?
President Joe Biden speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)