Minnesota lawmakers consider making Juneteenth an official state holiday
Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday since 2021
January 13, 2023
Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation to designate Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, as a state holiday.
Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday since 2021, but less than half the states have moved to do the same. While Minnesota has symbolically recognized Juneteenth in the past, a bill authored by Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, would cement it as an official paid holiday for state employees.
During a Senate State and Local Government Committee hearing Thursday, Champion said recognizing Juneteenth is a step toward the U.S. recognizing its foundational promises.