In July 2020, Governor Baker signed into law a bill that recognizes Juneteenth (June 19th) as an official state holiday. The annual commemoration marks the day when Union Gen. Gordon Granger reached Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and enslaved people were free. That day – June 19, 1865 – was more than two years after Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln. We have signed a Memoradum of Agreement with the Board of Higher Education to recognize this state holiday in our collective bargaining agreement. Per our agreement, Saturday holidays will be observed on the Friday preceding the holiday, and Sunday holidays will be observed on the following Monday.