What is Juneteenth? The holiday’s history and significance, explained. | Just the FAQs

The Senate unanimously voted to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Here's why this once local celebration is significant to U.S. history. RELATED:

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will sign legislation marking Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday.

The president will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act at 3:30 p.m. in the East Room of the White House. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris also will give remarks on the passage of the bill and the significance of the holiday.

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  1. No what’s really important is affordable health care for tax-paying American citizens but Joe Biden will sign this bill to distract you from what’s a really important and the mainstream media is covering up for this corruption shame on you all.

  2. They should do a federal holiday celebrating the end of the American civil war but I am fine with this.

  3. How come Republicans don’t want to celebrate an event they helped to create? Oh I forgot parties swapped 😳

    1. The Democrats have more systematic and under radar racism. The black community is being used for power. They make sure the black community stays dependent on them so they can keep getting the African American vote. 10% is better than 5%… how do we get there? Exactly

  4. Thank you for posting this, I’ve known this since a kid but feel like its only recently getting public attention but FINALLY

  5. Two states have not accepted “Juneteenth” as a national holiday. North and South Dakota do not accept it. Why? Simply because they do not have a large bunch of African ancestors in those states! Should I deem myself as English Americans and get a lot of special treatment? Not likely!!!

    1. Making Juneteenth a national holiday is just another excuse to have a paid holiday off. Instead of worrying about more important things, our president is only focused on the irrelevant pride month and dumb holidays

  6. It saddens me to say I did not know about Juneteenth until that episode of blackish. It really should be a federal holiday

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