Nevada won't take Friday off for new Juneteenth holiday

Emancipation Day in Richmond, Va., 1905. Photo By VCU Libraries

Emancipation Day in Richmond, Va., 1905. Photo By VCU Libraries

 While the federal government and at least two local governments plan to take Friday off for the new Juneteenth Holiday signed into law on Thursday, it will be business as usual for the state of Nevada.
Gov. Steve Sisolak applauded President Joe Biden and Congress for establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day – a U.S. federal holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  
However, the governor doesn't have the authority to declare Friday a holiday when the date falls on Saturday, his office said.

"Nevada state law does not allow the Governor to unilaterally have this new Federal holiday observed on a weekday when it falls on a weekend date, therefore Juneteenth will not be observed as a statewide holiday Friday," according to the governor's office.  "However, the Governor does look forward to working with state lawmakers to celebrate and observe Juneteenth as a weekday statewide holiday going forward. 

His office said local governments and agencies should refer to their own local ordinances to determine whether they have authority to declare holidays and/or office closures. 

The Record-Courier has received notices that Lyon County and the City of Reno plan to close on Friday for Juneteenth.


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