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When does Juneteenth start being a federal holiday? The bill sailed through the US Senate, gaining unanimous approval on June 15 before being passed to Congress. The House of Representatives then also passed the legislation the following day, establishing June 19 as a legal public holiday.What states observe Juneteenth as a holiday?
“Forty-five states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or a special day of recognition or observance. We’re still missing North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, and Hawaii,” says Meyers.