New Jersey Observes Juneteenth 2023: What You Need to Know

On June 16, New Jersey joins the nation in commemorating Juneteenth, a state holiday that celebrates the historic day in 1865 when enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom following the Emancipation Proclamation. As Juneteenth gains increased recognition and significance, here is everything you need to know about Juneteenth 2023 in New Jersey.

Juneteenth as a State Holiday:

Juneteenth holds official state holiday status in New Jersey, and it has further gained national recognition as a federal holiday since President Biden signed bills passed by both the House and Senate in 2021.

Post Office Operations:

The post office will continue to conduct business as usual on the state-observed holiday of Juneteenth in New Jersey. However, it is important to note that the federal observance of Juneteenth falls on June 19.

Mail Delivery:

Mail delivery services will operate normally on June 16 in New Jersey, ensuring that mail is delivered as scheduled. Leading delivery providers such as FedEx and UPS will also continue their usual operations.

Bank Operations:

Most banks in New Jersey will be open on the state-observed holiday of Juneteenth 2023. However, it is advisable to confirm the operating hours with individual bank branches.

Stock Market:

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will be open for trading on Juneteenth, ensuring that market activities proceed as usual. Additionally, Nasdaq trading and bond markets will also be open.

Public Transportation:

NJ Transit and SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) will maintain their regular schedules on Juneteenth, providing uninterrupted services to commuters. Riders utilizing NJ Transit are advised to utilize the online trip planner provided by NJ Transit to confirm arrival and departure times. PATH trains will operate according to their weekday schedule.

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Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Operations:

All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices will be closed on Juneteenth 2023. Furthermore, New Jersey state offices and courts will also remain closed. However, certain online services for document processing are available on the MVC website.

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