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Juneteenth 2021: What's Open And What's Closed

A stylized American Black Lives Matter flag flies during a Juneteenth rally in Boston in 2020. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A stylized American Black Lives Matter flag flies during a Juneteenth rally in Boston in 2020. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

This year marks the first time Juneteenth, which celebrate the emancipation of those who had been enslaved, will be observed as an official holiday in Massachusetts. It was also declared a federal holiday on Thursday after President Joe Biden signed the bill passed by Congress.

Because June 19 is a Saturday, some government agencies will observe the holiday on Friday or Monday. Some private businesses will also observe the holiday by closing offices or giving workers a day off.

State offices: Mostly open. The House and Senate will be closed Friday, June 18.
Municipal offices: Varies. Some towns, like Westport and Truro, will close offices on Friday in observance of the holiday
Libraries: Varies. Boston plans to close all its libraries both Saturday, June 19 and Monday, June 21.
Federal Offices: Most will be closed.
Post Office: Open Friday and Saturday.
Public Transit: Normal schedule.
Retail stores: Mostly open. Nike and Converse stores will be closed on June 19 in honor of the holiday.
Schools: Varies. Cambridge public schools will be closed on June 18 for the holiday. Some area universities, including Harvard and Boston University, also plan to observe the holiday on June 18.

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