Hey friends! Got plans for Wednesday? Whether you’re off work or just need to run some errands, here’swhat you need to know about Juneteenth and what services will be available.

First, a quick history lesson! Juneteenth, officially recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, celebrates the day when the last African American slaves were told they were free. This happened on June 19, 1865, in Galveston Bay, Texas, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Government and Banks

Federal government offices will be closed on Juneteenth, thanks to the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act signed by President Biden. The U.S. Courts will also be taking a break, so don’t expect any federal court action on June 19th. Banks like Bank of America, Capital One, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, and Truist have all announced they’ll be closed, so plan your banking accordingly.

Mail Services

Got mail? Not on Juneteenth! USPS locations will be closed, and there won’t be any regular mail delivery. The only exception is for Priority Mail Express, which will still be on the move. But don’t worry, you can still handle most postal needs online.

Working on Juneteenth?

For many, Juneteenth is a day off. Non-essential federal and local government workers will likely have the day off. But if you’re in retail or the restaurant industry, you might still be on the clock. First responders and essential workers will also be on duty, as always.

What’s Open?

Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Banks: Closed. Major banks are observing the holiday.
  • Post Offices: Closed. No regular mail delivery, but online services are up.
  • Government Offices: Closed. Federal and most local government offices won’t be open.
  • Retail and Restaurants: Open. Most stores and eateries will be open for business.

If you need to handle any errands at the bank or post office, better do it before or after Wednesday. Juneteenth is not just a day off – it’s a time to reflect on freedom and progress. Enjoy the day, whether you’re working or not, and take a moment to honor its significance.

Happy Juneteenth, everyone!