City Offices Closed on June 20 in Observance of Juneteenth

Release Date: June 16, 2022
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City offices will be closed on Monday June 20, 2022, in observation of Juneteenth, our nation's second independence day. 

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, the news that slavery had been abolished and that all enslaved people had been freed was announced in Galveston, Texas, the last state of the Confederacy that maintained institutional slavery. Since then, “Juneteenth” has been celebrated annually on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in practice in the United States as well as the contributions by African Americans to society. 

The City of Sammamish, along with the Washington state and federal governments, has declared Juneteenth an official holiday. This year, Juneteenth falls on Sunday and will therefore be observed on Monday, June 20. 

The City unequivocally supports efforts to address institutional racism and strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in its policies and programs. As part of this commitment, the City is in the process of establishing a citywide diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) program, which is one of the City Council's highest priorities. Recognition of Juneteenth demonstrates commitment to this initiative by bringing awareness to this important day and offering time for employees to reflect on its significance.

For more information about Juneteenth, please visit: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/historical-legacy-juneteenth