{HARRISBURG] — Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams signed an executive order today announcing city offices will close on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of the Juneteenth federal holiday.

Executive Order No. 2 of 2024 states that as a result of former Governor Tom Wolf’s 2019 recognition of Juneteenth as an official day of observation in Pennsylvania, and President Biden’s formal signing of Juneteenth as a federal holiday in 2021, the City of Harrisburg will also honor Juneteenth, and close its doors to non-essential business on Wednesday, June 19.

The Martin Luther King Jr. City Government Center will remain closed until 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 20. Sanitation will not be collected on June 19. It will resume on Thursday on a modified one-day push schedule, where weekly pickups on Wednesday through Friday will now take place Thursday through Saturday.

Essential functions, like public safety, police, and fire coverage will continue.

Juneteenth commemorates the free from slavery, and was known as the “Second Independence Day in America.” Today, Juneteenth has become a multicultural celebration and serves as an occasion to promote the advancement of unity, diversity, equality, and justice for everyone in the United States.