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City of Springfield to Observe Juneteenth Holiday - City Hall and all Municipal Buildings Closed Monday, June 20th, 2022

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today that City Hall and all municipal buildings will be closed Monday, June 20, 2022 in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday.

The new Juneteenth state holiday, which is observed annually on June 19th, marks the anniversary date of June 19, 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger announced General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, news of the Emancipation Proclamation to the residents of Texas and freed all remaining enslaved people in the state. 

Mayor Sarno stated, “I have always supported past Juneteenth events and this is an important and appropriate recognition for our city and nations history.”

Governor Charlie Baker approved the Juneteenth holiday across the state in 2020 but local municipalities had to make the decision on if they wanted to approve it as a paid holiday for city employees.  Both the City Council and Mayor Sarno approved and supported the measure to add Juneteenth as a paid legal holiday for the City of Springfield.   

On June 17, 2021, President Joseph Biden signed into law a bill establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. 

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