For the first time on Monday, Juneteenth will be recognized as a federal holiday.

This day commemorates June 19, 1865, when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to ensure that all enslaved people became free due to the Emancipation Proclamation. It celebrates the end of slavery at the closure of the Civil War, and is sometimes referred to as the nation's second Independence Day.

Juneteenth was first recognized as a holiday by states starting with Texas in 1980, and since then, the day has widely grown. Maine is celebrating Juneteenth as a state holiday for the first time this year. Massachusetts made Juneteenth a state holiday in 2020, and it was celebrated for the first time in 2021.

New Hampshire designated Juneteenth as an "observance" in 2019, which requires the governor to issue a proclamation to "observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities commemorating the abolition of slavery."

In June 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill proclaiming June 19 the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act federal holiday. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be celebrated on the closest Friday or Monday.

It is a paid holiday for federal employers and an optional holiday for private employers. The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans said 30% of private employers reported that they are offering Juneteenth as a paid holiday in its Employee Benefits Survey.

Juneteen celebrations on the Seacoast include:

What's open and closed on Monday for Juneteenth:

Banks & Financial Markets

  • Many banks will be closed on Monday.
  • Financial markets will be closed on Monday.

Post Office

  • Monday, June 20: Closed


  • Regular schedule on Monday, June 20


  • Regular schedule on Monday, June 20

State Courts

  • Monday, June 20: NH: Open. Maine: CLOSED Massachusetts: CLOSED

Federal Courts

  • Monday, June 20: Closed


  • COAST: Regular schedule on June 20
  • MBTA: Regular schedule on June 20

All UNH campuses and offices are closed on Monday.

Emily Grill contributed to this report

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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