The Guthrie City Council is expected to discuss and take possible action on making Juneteenth as an official City holiday this week in their regular scheduled meeting.
Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021 when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture.
City officials state that some Oklahoma municipalities have added Juneteenth as a designated holiday on their calendar.
The City of Guthrie currently has thirteen designated paid holidays for employees.
The council will discuss multiple options, including not to designate Juneteenth as an official City holiday and keep 13 City holidays, designate Juneteenth as an official City holiday and to have 14 City holidays or designate Juneteenth as an official City holiday, but eliminate one of the other currently designated City holidays (Good Friday, Columbus Day).
If approved, the holiday would be observed on Monday, June 20.
On Monday morning, the Logan County Board of County Commissioners approved the 2022 county holidays without the Juneteeth holiday. The day is also not on the State of Oklahoma’s list of 2022 holidays.
The city council public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.