Monday June 19, Juneteenth, is one of those confusing new holidays.

In 2021, President Joe Biden recognized Juneteenth as a federal holiday.  As a result, mail is not delivered and most federal offices are closed.

The City of Greensboro also added Juneteenth to its list of official holidays in 2021, and Guilford County followed the city’s lead and recognized Juneteenth as an official county holiday in 2022.

So federal offices, city offices and county offices are closed for Juneteenth, which is observed on the Monday or Friday closest to June 19.  This year, June 19 falls on a Monday, so Juneteenth is being recognized on Juneteenth, Monday, June 19.

However, the state of North Carolina and many private businesses do not recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday, so while city, county and federal offices are closed and city, county and federal employees get the day off, state offices are not closed and state and the employees of many private businesses are expected to be at work.

For instance, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle offices are open on Monday, June 19.  So, if you need a driver’s license or a license plate, you can spend Juneteenth waiting in line at one of those offices.

State courts are also open for business on Monday, June 19, but federal courts are closed.

Because the City of Greensboro does recognize the Juneteenth holiday, on Monday June 19, there will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection.  The collections scheduled for Monday, June 19 will take place on Tuesday, June 20.  The collections scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 will take place on Wednesday June 21. The garbage, recycling and yard waste collections scheduled for Thursday, June 22 and Friday June 23 are not affected by the holiday.

Lake Brandt and Lake Townsend will be open, but Lake Higgins will be closed on Monday, June 19.

City pools and spraygrounds will be open but city recreation centers, Greensboro Sportsplex, Smith Active Adult Center, Trotter Active Adult Center, Xperience @ Caldcleugh, Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion at Barber Park and the Greensboro Youth Council will all be closed for the holiday.

The Greensboro Public Library system, the Greensboro History Museum and the Greensboro Cultural Center will all be closed for the Juneteenth holiday.