June 17, 2021 (Moscow, Idaho) — In support of the recent Federal and State recognition of Juneteenth as a US and State observed holiday, Mayor Bill Lambert has declared the City of Moscow will also recognize the holiday.
Today, Jun. 17, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law and established a US federal holiday commemorating Juneteenth. Governor Little has also issued a proclamation today, Jun. 17 recognizing Juneteenth as a new legal public holiday observed by Idaho Code.
As such, all City of Moscow offices will be closed TOMORROW, Jun. 18, in observance of Juneteenth on Sat., Jun. 19. However, all emergency police and fire services will continue business as usual, and the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center and Hamilton Lowe Aquatic Center will remain open.
Juneteenth commemorates Jun. 19, 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
Story Contact: Jen Pfiffner, Deputy City Supervisor