(official Juneteenth Flag)
On September 10, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed legislation designating Juneteenth as a recognized State and public holiday taking place on the third Friday in June.
To see official news story, visit NJ.gov: Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Designating Juneteenth as a State and Public Holiday
Here is an interesting piece from the New Jersey Historical Commission: New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery
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"Juneteenth is a festival held in many African American and other communities to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The name of the festival refers to June 19. Juneteenth festivities often include plays and storytelling, parades, and family reunions. Some communities hold longer Juneteenth festivals, spanning several days, as a celebration of civil rights and freedom. Juneteenth has been a legal holiday in Texas since 1980." (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. 2018, 1p.)
Read more: What is Juneteenth?
To view original Juneteenth Order, please visit the National Archives: Original ‘Juneteenth’ General Order