CLEVELAND, Ohio–Sunday is Juneteenth, the federal holiday which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. While the holiday falls over the weekend, it will be observed on Monday.
The annual holiday had always been celebrated amongst communities of color but became a federal holiday last summer after Congress passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in June 2021.
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people were free, thus establishing the basis for the holiday.
Similarly to other federal holidays, to the general public, this means that we can expect to see US Post Offices and government buildings being closed. Public schools will not be in session on June 20, in observance of the holiday. Many schools in the US are already on summer break.
Typically, retail and grocery stores will remain open, but hours may be affected. Please check with your local retailer.
Here’s what’s open and closed:
Banks: Individual banks differ, but most are closed.
Cuyahoga County Public Library: Closed
Cleveland Public Library: Closed
Heights Libraries: Closed
Lakewood Public Library: Closed
Federal offices: Closed
county offices: Closed
post offices: Closed
RTA: Regular weekday service, office closed
Trash service and city hall operations: Trash services should not be delayed with this holiday pick-up, but be sure to check your city’s holiday pickup schedule.