Ricketts says state offices will be closed Friday for Juneteenth

Nebraska courts to remain open
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 1:41 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday state offices will be closed Friday in observance of Juneteenth.

According to a news release, the move was in anticipation of President Joe Biden signing legislation Thursday to make Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday. The measure had overwhelming support in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Juneteenth marks June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers told enslaved Black people in Texas they were free — two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War.

Nebraska’s court system, however, will remain open Friday “due to the number of trials, hearings, testing appointments, and other obligations previously scheduled,” according to a notice from the State of Nebraska Judicial Branch. The department said, however, that it would allow employees to observe the holiday “at various times throughout the upcoming year.”

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