JUNETEENTH BECOMES A FEDERAL HOLIDAY: Ahead of Juneteenth this weekend, President Joe Biden is signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, officially making July 19 a federal holiday.
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He and VP Kamala Harris will also be delivering remarks to celebrate the official marking of the holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States as it marks the day in 1865 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed enslaved African-Americans that they were free. The bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday passed through Congress this week with overwhelming bipartisan support.
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