Juneteenth Is a U.S. Holiday, but Not a Day Off In Most States

Juneteenth is National Independence Day of US, In New Jersey, Juneteenth is observed as a state and public holiday on the third Friday in June.

Last June, President Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, proclaiming it as a day for all Americans to commemorate the end of slavery.

Only 24 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation or issued executive orders that would provide funding to let state employees observe the day.

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day marks the day of June 19, 1865.

When enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned about their freedom, more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

The day has been commemorated by Black Americans since the late 1800s.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, said state employees should have the day off and set aside more than $690,000 in the annual budget to cover the overtime costs of any employee who worked on Juneteenth.

The Juneteenth commemoration marks the legal end of slavery in the United States, a hard-fought achievement of the Civil War.