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Netflix, Target, Nike, McKinsey & Company, Grubhub and Twitter are among hundreds of companies which will give employees the day off for Juneteenth on Monday, June 20.

Last year, President Joe Biden signed into law the June 19 National Independence Day Act, commemorating the end of slavery in the Confederate States after the Civil War and making June 19 a federal holiday.

Vacations celebrate delayed news that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, freeing all those held as slaves. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that slaves in Galveston, Texas were told of their freedom by Union soldiers. Juneteenth – short for June 19th – celebrates this day.

Efforts to make Juneteenth a holiday began in the 1990s, when a group of New Orleans ministers established the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation after outcry over police brutality.

“We’ve dedicated 28 years to this,” says Deborah Evans, vice chair of the board of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. “I am exhausted and elated.”

While many states have recognized the holiday, several have been slow to make it an official paid day off. Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota will make it a paid holiday for state employees. But lawmakers in Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee did not pass a measure it would close state offices and give time off to public employees.

The slow progress is not surprising. Martin Luther King’s birthday became a federal holiday in 1983, but it wasn’t until 2000 that all 50 states made it a holiday.

“We know we won’t be able to turn things around overnight,” says Evans. “We take small bites. But it’s important because it’s history. It’s something that if you’re going to tell the story, tell the whole story – and it hasn’t been done.

The party has taken on greater visibility in recent years, following the 2020 police killing of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matters movement. Online searches in the United States for Juneteenth have increased 870% since 2020, according to data from Conductor, an organic marketing platform. The company analyzed search trends and found that more than 32 million people searched for information about Juneteenth last year, and searches for “federal holiday Juneteenth” jumped 2,452% from to last year, as well as information on companies offering holidays and related activities nearby.

A number of states, including New York, Georgia, Kentucky and Pennsylvaniawill host concerts and festivities to celebrate.