PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. — Pulaski County residents who are looking to visit county offices may find that they are closed Friday in recognition of a newly declared federal holiday.
Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde announced Thursday that June 19 will be recognized as a federal holiday in Pulaski County closing all County-owned buildings Friday, June 18 to remember a day of U.S. history and to celebrate the promise of liberty.
This announcement comes after the bill to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday was signed into law by President Biden Thursday afternoon.
This is the 12th federal holiday recognized, and the first since Martin Luther King Jr. day was declared a federal holiday in 1983.
On June 19, 1865, the U.S. Army marched into Galveston, Texas and delivered General Order Number 3, declaring ‘all slaves are free’.