Anyone Ever Heard of A Juneteenth Day Sale? Asking For A Friend.

Many companies have President’s Day sales, Washington Birthday sales, Columbus Day sales, Memorial Day sales, Labor Day sales, but how many have a Juneteenth Day sale, or even a Martin Luther King Day sale, for that matter. 

Tomorrow is Juneteenth. Is your employer giving you paid time off for the day? Juneteenth was first celebrated June 19, 1866. It has also been known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day. It is still an unofficial American Holiday; but it is an official Texas state holiday that is celebrated annually on the 19th of June.  It commemorates the reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas which took place June 19, 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were free, although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier (Wikipedia).

Since its inception in 1866, the celebration increased in popularity in 1920s and 1930s. It grew during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, but gained more popularity again in the 1970s with a focus on African American freedom (Wikipedia). The question remains, why is Juneteenth still not considered a National Holiday?

Nevertheless, for the first time, since its conception, companies are giving their employees paid time off to celebrate Juneteenth.  For instance, according to USA Today, some of the mainstream companies such as Twitter, Nike and the NFL are giving their employees paid time off for tomorrow.

 Included in the list of companies officially observing Juneteenth and giving their employees paid time off, starting this year (2020) are Adobe, Mastercard, Lyft, Postmates, Quicken Loans, Square and Uber. Retailers observing Juneteenth are Best Buy, Target, and JC Penney.

 Target on their corporate site states:

“While all stores and distribution centers will remain open, hourly team members who work on June 19 will be paid time and a half. All eligible Target team members have the option to take the day off with full pay. Headquarters offices will be closed in observance.”

Additionally, getting into the game are some media companies. They include The New York Times, The Washington Post and Vox Media.

The point is, if wrongs are going to be made right, then now is a good time for companies to put their biases aside and equalize the holidays. Juneteenth should be a National Holiday!

 You can be for sure that every retailer will have a Fourth of July Sale.

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