ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State government agencies and offices in Maryland are closed today in observance of the new Juneteenth National Independence Day.
Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement came Thursday, the same day that President Joe Biden signed legislation recognizing the new federal holiday. Whenever a national holiday falls on a Saturday, state employees observe the holiday on the preceding Friday.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered.
In a statement, Hogan says “Maryland is proud to support this legislation, and observe this new national holiday.”
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