Juneteenth is officially a federal holiday and in honor of the date, here is a list of offices, companies and businesses that will be closed to celebrate the holiday.
Non-essential federal government offices are closed. The U.S. Post Office is closed, and there is no mail delivery.
Allstate, Google and Nike have announced over the past year that they will recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday for their employees.
BestBuy, Target and Starbucks are also among the companies celebrating Juneteenth as PTO or paid holiday.
After passing both the Senate and House earlier this week, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed into law Thursday by President Joe Biden, making it the 11th federal holiday established by law, along with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The day celebrates the delayed news that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, freeing “all persons held as slaves” in the United States. However, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 – referred to more informally as Juneteenth – that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom when Union soldiers arrived.
West Palm Beach will be celebrating Juneteenth at the ribbon cutting for the new Heart and Soul Park on Rosemary Ave. The Juneteeth celebration will take place Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 825 N Rosemary Avenue.
The City of Vero Beach is hosting “A Day of Celebration” at Gifford Park on Saturday. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a welcome and prayer. The first of three flag football games will begin after that. You can also snag some free food between noon and 2 p.m. Free COVID-19 vaccinations will also be available at the event.
Martin County is also hosting a Juneteenth Freedom Day celebration at the Guy Davis Sports Complex from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Here is the full list of offices, companies and businesses that will be closed to celebrate the holiday:
~ Non-essential federal government offices
~ The U.S. Post Office and there is no mail delivery
~ Most banks
~ State offices and schools may be open, but most close. Many schools are not in session due to summer breaks.
~ Apple corporate offices
~ Lyft offering a paid day off
~ Nike corporate offices and distribution centers
~ Starbucks’ scheduled hourly employees at its stores, distribution centers and plants will receive 1.5 times their regular wage on Saturday in recognition of the holiday
~ Zillow giving employees a paid day off Friday
~ Best Buy