President Biden made Juneteenth a national holiday

The ceremony took place on Thursday at the White House.
President Joe Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House on June 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Juneteenth holiday marks the end of slavery in the United States and the Juneteenth National Independence Day will become the 12th legal federal holiday — the first new one since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983.
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For years, people have lobbied for Juneteenth to become a federal holiday, and today it finally happened. President Joe Biden signed the National Independence Day Act into law.

The day is historic because slavery was outlawed in Texas on June 19, 1865. There have been celebrations for "Jubilee Day" for over 150 years. As of June 19, 2021, it will be observed as a national holiday. Read more about the significance of this special day.