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H.R. 7232 (116th): Juneteenth National Independence Day Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 18, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Should the U.S. create its first new federal holiday since the 1980s?


The Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in Confederate states, was issued by President Abraham Lincoln in January 1863. However, the news did not reach some states — notably parts of Texas — until two and a half years later. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed Black people there that they had been freed. (The National Archives this month located the original handwritten announcement.)

This event was celebrated in that area of Texas on the one-year anniversary in 1866. From there, it spread across the nation to become an annual festive ...



2d Session

H. R. 7232


June 18, 2020

(for herself, Mrs. Fletcher, Mr. Veasey, Mr. Vela, Mr. Gonzalez of Texas, Mr. Khanna, Mr. Kim, Mr. Cuellar, Mr. Allred, Mr. Green of Texas, Ms. Escobar, Ms. Johnson of Texas, Mr. Doggett, Ms. Garcia of Texas, Mr. Castro of Texas, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Kaptur, Mrs. Bustos, Ms. Adams, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. McEachin, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Moore, Ms. Finkenauer, Ms. Wexton, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Van Drew, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Stevens, Ms. Sánchez, Mr. Bera, Mr. Trone, Mr. Deutch, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ms. Pressley, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Engel, Mr. Espaillat, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Norton, Mr. Cooper, Ms. Dean, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Norcross, Ms. Scanlon, Mr. Kennedy, Mrs. Beatty, Ms. Blunt Rochester, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Kilmer, Ms. Omar, Mrs. Luria, Mr. Evans, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Swalwell of California, Ms. Bass, Mrs. McBath, Mr. Jeffries, Ms. Sherrill, Ms. Davids of Kansas, Ms. Spanberger, Miss Rice of New York, Mrs. Hayes, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Mr. Levin of California, Mr. Morelle, and Mr. Suozzi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform


To amend title 5, United States Code, to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a Federal holiday, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.


Juneteenth Independence Day

Section 6103(a) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to Memorial Day the following:

Juneteenth Independence Day.