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Juneteenth, which first began in Texas, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 

But today's Juneteenth celebrations are especially notable.

This commemoration of June 19, 1865, the day when slaves in Texas got the official word that they were free. It's been a state holiday here since 1980. Now it's a national holiday.

Officially, it's now known as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

That name change happened when President Joe Biden, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and luminaries like 94-year-old Opal Lee, the Texan who had worked for decades to get to this point, signed a law on Thursday, June 17, 2021, making June 19 a federal holiday.

Long road to national recognition: Juneteenth is the first new federal holiday created by Congress since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. The day now has the same status as Dr. King's Day, as well as, among others, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day.

Naturally, this weekend's Saturday Shout Out goes to some of the coverage of this especially momentous Juneteenth 2021:

Also, you can check out my Tumbling Taxes tumblr blog's post, Juneteenth! Now official across the United States, which includes a wonderful video of "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

To all, like Ms. Lee, who have waited so long for official, national recognition of Juneteenth, here's to a special 2021 celebration.

Taxes and holidays: Of course, since this is a tax blog, I'm compelled to offer a tiny bit of tax information, too.

We're all familiar with the occasional convergence of legal holidays and tax due dates. On those days, the Internal Revenue Service generally advises that the applicable tax deadline is pushed to the next business day.

You can find more on such tax calendar occurrences in my October 2020 Don't Mess With Taxes post that's also getting a shout out today: Legal holidays and how they can affect federal taxes.

But since there's no such worry about Juneteenth and taxes, you can read it later. It's time to head out to your local June 19 celebration!

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