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Biden makes Juneteenth a national holiday, giving federal employees Friday off

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President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill into law to make June 19, known as Juneteenth, a national holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.

"National holidays are something important," said Vice President Kamala Harris. "These are days when we as a nation have decided to stop and take stock and often to acknowledge our history."

Biden said the holiday recognized "America's original sin" and the country's capacity to "make a better version of ourselves."

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