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Justice declares Friday a day off for state workers in observance of Juneteenth

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State workers will get a four-day work week this week and next week.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that he’s giving state workers this Friday, June 17, off for the Juneteenth holiday. State workers also get next Monday, June 20, off for West Virginia Day.

Leaders in individual counties and municipalities will also likely make the same decision.

Juneteenth is June 19 but because it falls on a Sunday this year, Justice moved the holiday observance in West Virginia back to Friday.

The state is planning a Juneteenth celebration. It’s set for Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Kanawha Boulevard side of the state capitol complex. The event is free and open to the public.

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