This year, juinteenth will be more than an informal or national or local holiday celebrating the day (June 19) the Emancipation Proclamation was officially announced in Galveston, Texas – more than two years after President Abraham’s initial announcement of the proclamation Lincoln.
Art. 475 officially declares June 19 as National Independence Day by amending Section 6103 (a) of Title 5, United States Code, to insert “Juneteenth National Independence Day, June 19”. after Memorial Day in a list of officially recognized federal holidays.
The House of Representatives voted in favor, 214 to 208, on June 16. On the same day, the Senate voted unanimously in favor.
Federal facilities will be closed on June 18, but the Long Beach VA Hospital will not
This is from the Long Beach VA Hospital:
In accordance with the state of California, the VA Long Beach Healthcare System has moved to a more relaxed model, with the exception of CLC and SCI. Screening will no longer be mandatory, but the mask must be worn at all times regardless of the vaccination status. Access to the hospital will remain the same and will include entry from Building 166 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
With the reopening of many services across the community, we encourage you to seek care that could have been postponed during the pandemic. Use VA Telehealth at Home to meet your healthcare team virtually and securely or schedule a face-to-face appointment.
VA outpatient clinics will remain open on Friday, June 18
To recognize Juneteenth, the date marking the effective end of slavery in the United States more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, President Joseph R. Biden today signed a new public holiday .
The celebration of the end of slavery is June 19, which falls on a Saturday this year, so it will be observed on a working day. Consistent, most federal agencies will be closed on Friday, June 18.
While some administrative offices in the VA Long Beach health care system will be closed, all outpatient clinics will remain operational on June 18 to ensure veterans have timely access to health care.
Veterans are strongly encouraged to keep their appointments.