All Alabama state offices will close for June 16

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(WHNT) – All state offices in Alabama will be closed next Monday in honor of Juneteenth – the newest US federal holiday recognizing the end of slavery in the United States.

June 19 is observed on June 19, which falls on a Sunday this year. According to a list of holidays recognized by the state of Alabama, the holiday will be observed this year on Monday, June 20.

In a note, Governor Kay Ivey wrote:

I authorize Monday, June 20, 2022 as a public holiday for state employees because June 19 is recognized as a federal holiday.

All state offices will be closed on this date, except those in areas where it is essential to retain staff. If it is necessary for an employee to work that day, he should be allowed to take time off as soon as possible.

Governor Kay Ivey

According to Associated press (AP), the state of Alabama recognizes all federal holidays as permanent holidays, except June 19. A spokesperson for the governor’s office said PA the legislature must decide whether Juneteenth will become a permanent holiday.

President Joe Biden signed legislation last year making June 12 the 12th federal holiday in the United States. The day commemorates the last day enslaved African Americans learned they were free – two months after the Civil War ended and more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn the story of the new US federal holiday here.

In addition to June 19, public holidays in Alabama for the rest of the year include:

  • Fourth of July: Observed on Monday July 4
  • Labor Day: Observed on Monday September 5
  • Columbus Day, Fraternal Day and American Indian Heritage Day: Observed Monday, October 10
  • Veterans Day: Observed on Friday November 11
  • Thanksgiving: Observed on Thursday November 24
  • Rosa Parks Day: Observed on Thursday, December 1 (commemoration only)
  • Christmas: Observed on Monday 26 December

For the full list of holidays observed in the state of Alabama, click here.

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