City Offices Closed on Monday, June 20
Snoqualmie, WA – At its June 13, 2022 meeting, the Snoqualmie City Council approved Resolution No. 1619 adding Juneteenth (June 19) as an official City holiday for all employees. In recognition of Juneteenth, City facilities will be closed on Monday, June 20. Juneteenth became recognized as a Washington State holiday in 2022 and was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.
While U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas would not learn of their freedom until two years later, when federal troops arrived on June 19th, 1865. In 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery throughout the United States.
Commemorating June 19 or Juneteenth, which spread from Texas to other states, arose from a recognition of this history and a celebration of African American culture.
Learn more about Juneteenth.