Juneteenth 2022 is on Monday, June 20.
It celebrates the day in 1865 when enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had freed them.
Union troops told the remaining enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that all people who were still enslaved at the time should be freed according to the Emancipation Proclamation.
Here’s what you need to know about Juneteenth 2022.
The state holiday was observed in New Jersey on June 17 and the federal holiday is observed on June 20.
No. United States Postal Service offices will not be open.
There will be be no regular mail delivery on Monday, June 20 due to the federal government’s observance of Juneteenth.
FedEx will be fully operating despite the federal holiday.
UPS will not make deliveries on Sunday, June 19, except for Express Critical but will otherwise be making deliveries when the federal holiday of Juneteenth is observed.
Most banks will be closed.
The following banks are scheduled to be closed on Juneteenth, according to Banks.org.
Most supermarkets will remain open with regular or reduced hours.
Shoppers should ultimately check with their local supermarket for specific information on opening and closing hours, as it can vary by location.
The following major supermarket chains in New Jersey are scheduled to be open on Juneteenth:
- Acme (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
- Aldi (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- BJ’s Wholesale Club (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Costco (10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
- Foodtown (varies by store)
- Lidl (8 a.m. – 9 p.m)
- Sam’s Club (Plus Members: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Club Members: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
- ShopRite (varies by store)
- Stop & Shop (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Target (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Trader Joe’s (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Walmart (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
- Wegmans (6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
- Whole Foods (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
All major retail stores and malls should be open, along with most shopping centers, according to HolidayShoppingHours.com.
To see a list of some of the more popular store opening and closing times, click here.
Most restaurants should be open for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Patrons should check with specific restaurants for exact hours and information.
NJ Transit and SEPTA will have holiday or special services in effect. For NJ Transit, riders should use NJ Transit’s online trip planner to double-check arrival and departure times. PATH will operate on a Weekday schedule.
All Motor Vehicle Commission offices will be open, as New Jersey recognizes Juneteenth as a holiday on Friday, June 17 instead of the following Monday. Additionally, all New Jersey state offices and courts are open.
The next federal holiday is Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2022.
For more information about the history of Juneteenth, check out the video below:
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