DENVER — Denver will recognize Juneteenth as an official city holiday starting next year after City Council gave final approval Monday night.
The proposal amends the Denver Revised Municipal Code to add a 12th paid holiday for the city's career service employees.
Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Last year, Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilman Chris Herndon introduced a bill making June 19 a commemorative holiday per city code. Since then, both the federal and state government have made Juneteenth a holiday, prompting the city to follow suit.
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