On February 2, 2022, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved making Juneteenth (June 19,) a city holiday.
Juneteenth is the day in 1865 the last slaves in Galveston Texas received word that they were now free following the Civil War.
Commenting on the vote, Mayor Gallego stated in a press release issued by her office.
“Juneteenth reminds each of us of the promises of freedom, equality, and opportunity. Recognition of this holiday on the city calendar is important, as this day does more than recognize the past; it calls for action today and in the future.”
Later, the Mayor posted on social media:
The Juneteenth Phoenix City Holiday will start this year and most city and federal employees will receive paid time off.
Please click below to read the full press release from Mayor Gallego’s office.