On October 20, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into legislation designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York State.
The official date of the Juneteenth holiday is annually on June 19; however, since June 19, 2021 is a Saturday, it will be observed on Friday, June 18.
Juneteenth commemorates the end to slavery and celebrates Black and African American freedom and achievements, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
According to a press release from the Governor’s office, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the news of liberation came to Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863.
Again, the district will be closed on Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth.
Please note that the Eighth Grade BBQ & Movie Night, originally scheduled for June 18, is rescheduled to Friday, June 11.