Juneteenth Maybe A Paid Holiday In Broward County

Broward County, Florida residents may have something to celebrate soon if local officials all agree on a particular resolution. Today (Thursday, December 10th, 2020) former Broward County Mayor, Dale Holness who is now the newly elected Commissioner posted that a Juneteenth resolution is being drafted that would allow Juneteenth to be a paid holiday. Juneteenth also known to some as 'Freedom Day' "is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, dating back to 1865." Celebrated on June 19th this year more coverage was given to the holiday as more Americans felt encouraged to learn more about its history.

Commissioner Holness expressed his hopes for "further discussion and a vote at a future date" for the resolution. Just this year state governors of Virginia, New York, and New Jersey signed an executive order observing Juneteenth as a paid day of leave for state employees.