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What’s Open and Closed for Juneteenth?

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Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, is approaching, falling in the middle of the week this year. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what you need to know about Juneteenth 2024, including its date, closures, and the significance of the celebration.

When is Juneteenth 2024?

Juneteenth is annually observed on June 19. In 2024, this falls on a Wednesday.

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Is Juneteenth a National Holiday?

Yes, Juneteenth has been a federal holiday since 2021.

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Are Banks Open on Juneteenth?

Banks and credit unions will be closed in observance of Juneteenth. It’s advisable to plan ahead for any banking needs on Wednesday, June 19.

Are Government Offices Open on Juneteenth?

All nonessential federal and Tippecanoe County government offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 19. However, Indiana state offices will remain open, as Juneteenth is not recognized as a state holiday in Indiana. According to Kirollos Barsoum, Communications Director for the Indiana State Department, state employees will work as usual.

Will the BMV be Open on Juneteenth?

Yes, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will be open on June 19. Juneteenth is not included in the BMV’s 2024 holiday schedule.

Will Mail be Delivered on Juneteenth?

The United States Postal Service will not deliver regular mail on June 19. However, FedEx and UPS will operate and provide their usual delivery services.

Are Schools Closed for Juneteenth?

Most schools will already be on summer break. If not, public schools will close in observance of the federal holiday. Purdue University will hold classes on June 19, while Ivy Tech will be closed. For private schools and universities, it’s best to check their specific calendars.

Will Stores and Restaurants Close for Juneteenth?

Though Juneteenth is a federal holiday, individual businesses decide whether to remain open. It’s recommended to call ahead to confirm the hours of local stores and restaurants you plan to visit.

Why Do We Celebrate Juneteenth?

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This executive order, effective January 1, 1863, declared the freedom of slaves in Confederate states during the Civil War. The holiday gained significant attention in 2020 amidst nationwide protests against racial inequality following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.

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