Pawtucket to close public buildings to honor Juneteenth
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The City of Pawtucket will honor Juneteenth this year, giving city employees a day off, Mayor Donald Grebien announced Monday.
Since Juneteenth will fall on a Sunday this year, all city buildings will be closed the following day, Monday, June 20.
Pawtucket City Hall will re-open on Tuesday, June 21.
Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation by Union General Gordon Granger in Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865 – an act that freed millions of enslaved people.
Juneteenth was officially recognized as a federal holiday by President Joe Biden last year, and has been observed by African-American communities nationwide for over 150 years.
“Juneteenth is an important day for freedom, and we have decided to honor it here in Pawtucket,” Grebien said. “This is one small stride in our larger initiative to continue making our diverse community a more welcoming and unified place.”
The city said that there will not be any delays in trash collection due to the celebration of the holiday.