June 19th is now a state holiday for employees of the state of Massachusetts. For employees in Higher Ed when "Juneteenth" falls on a weekday, all State Offices are closed. If it falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed Monday and offices are closed. If it falls on a Saturday, the State Offices are open (on Friday) but the APA contract allows us to either take the Holiday that Friday or at a later time.
Juneteenth is currently recognized by 47 states and the District of Columbia as a state holiday or observance. It marks the observance of the day (June 19, 1865) that Union Army General, Gordon Granger, proclaimed freedom of slaves in the state of Texas, reiterating a Proclamation from the Executive branch of the United States:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”
On July 24, 2020 Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill designating Juneteenth as an annual state holiday in Massachusetts.