PBS NewsHour

The significance of Juneteenth, US's newest federal holiday

Clip: 06/17/2021 | 6m 18s | Video has closed captioning.

As of this Friday, Juneteenth — the day marking the end of slavery — is a federal holiday. Typically observed on the 19th of June, most federal employees will be able to observe it a day early because it lands on a Saturday this year. After a decades-long effort by activists, President Joe Biden signed it into law Thursday, making it the first new federal holiday since 1983. Amna Nawaz reports.

Aired: 06/17/21

Rating: NR

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