The City will observe the holiday tomorrow, June 18, 2021. Your department will advise you about reporting instructions as all city offices are required to remain open to the public.

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery and specifically commemorates June 19, 1865. On this date union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas where thousands of slaves were finally made aware of their freedom —more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed more than 4 million enslaved people.

By making Juneteenth a federal holiday, all Americans can join together to celebrate freedom, reflect on how far we have come, and acknowledge the continued the trauma and legacy of slavery, and the work still to do.

This declaration takes effect immediately. The City and County of San Francisco will observe the Juneteenth holiday tomorrow, June 18, 2021. If you have questions, please reach out to your supervisor or HR representative.

Click here to view the full proclamation .

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