Next Monday, June 20, will be the second Juneteenth officially recognized as a federal holiday in the United States. It will also be a holiday for workers in Plumas County as it became part of most employees’ contracts through negotiations, then the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on June 14 to extend the holiday. to all employees who did not have the leave, including department heads. and public works employees.
The state of California does not yet recognize the holiday, although legislation to that effect has been passed by the assembly and is in the senate. This means the Plumas County courts will remain open with a full case file.
June 19 is actually June 19, but since that day falls on a Sunday, it will be celebrated on Monday, June 20.
All federal government offices, federal courts, banks, post offices, schools, and U.S. financial markets will be closed, and Plumas County offices will also be closed.
Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863 officially abolished slavery, it would be more than two years before the Civil War ended in April 1865, and even longer before word spread. in all regions of the country. June 19 marks June 19, 1865, the day U.S. Brigadier General Gordon Granger and his troops landed in Galveston, Texas, bringing news that the Civil War was over and enslaved African Americans were now free.