Ok, I’ll admit that I totally forgot about this new Federal holiday and went to work as usual this morning… On June 17, 2021, Congress passed legislation making June 19th a Federal holiday called Juneteenth National Independence Day. The date marks the day that Union General Gordon Granger’s June 19, 1865 proclaimed that Texas was freed from slavery. Texas, along with other Southern states had outlawed Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This year, the first Federally recognized Juneteenth falls on Monday, June 20. US stock markets are closed today.