It's official, Juneteenth is now considered a federal holiday. The Senate voted unanimously for it this past Tuesday, and then the House passed it on Wednesday. Juneteenth is a day many of us celebrate because it marks the end of slavery in the United States of America.

The last time America celebrated a new federal holiday was in 1983 with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Juneteenth It'll be the 11th federal holiday in the U.S. Now several businesses and offices are scrambling to close to observe Juneteenth.

Several Louisiana state workers will be able to celebrate with a half-day off on Friday, June 18th. because Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation officially declaring Juneteenth a state holiday in Louisiana last week. Look at Louisiana being ahead of everyone else!

Since the proclamation was signed last week in Louisiana, several local businesses and offices were able to announce their closings and were prepared to close today or at least give their employees a half-day off.

According to KTBS, the following businesses will be closed all day Friday 18th, 2021:

City of Natchitoches offices
U.S. District Courthouse in Shreveport
2nd Circuit Courthouse in Shreveport
ALL Caddo Parish offices
JP Morgan


The following businesses will be closing early on Friday 18th, 2021:

City of Shreveport offices
Shreveport City Court
Louisiana Supreme Court
Chase Bank
Capital One Bank

Perhaps next year when everything doesn't feel so last minute, many of us can take the federal holiday off and enjoy time with our families.

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