Interest on June 16 wanes as the day off remains elusive for most Americans

Interest in the June 16 holiday has dropped significantly compared to 2021, according to new data.

Data from real-time media monitoring platform NewsWhip Spike, compiled by news weekcompared public and media interest in Juneteenth between 2021 and 2022.

Focusing on the days leading up to the holiday, 2022 saw a 91 percent drop in social interactions and a 30 percent drop in items produced.

The data determines public interest as the number of social media interactions on articles and media interest as the number of articles published.

In the six days ended June 16, 2022, there were 3,495,502 fewer social interactions and 6,681 fewer articles in 2022.

For 2021 there was a total public interest of 3,830,147, well above the 2022 total of 334,645.

In terms of media interest, the data for the period in 2021 showed a total of 22,061 articles, again higher than the 2022 total of 15,380.

June 16 Social Interest 2021-22
Media interest on June 16, 2021-22

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and its name derives from the date on which the historic event occurred: June 19, 1865. On that day, the 250,000 African Americans still enslaved were notified that the Civil War was over was and that they were legally declared free.

The event was declared a federal holiday by Congress on June 16, 2021 and signed into law by President Joe Biden the next day.

Despite the historical significance, the holiday is not universally recognized as a paid holiday in all states in the United States.

Around 24 states and the District of Columbia will legally recognize June 16 as a holiday this year, according to analysis by the Pew Research Center, which predicts more states will recognize it as a paid holiday next year.

June 19 falls on a weekend this year, so some states celebrate it on different days throughout the week. Since the holiday became federal law, several states have made June 16 a paid holiday for employees.

According to The Pew Charitable Trusts:

  • New York,
  • Maine,
  • Louisiana,
  • Illinois,
  • Oregon,
  • Massachusetts,
  • Virginia,
  • Washington and
  • Texas was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1980.
  • Georgia,
  • Ohio,
  • Nebraska,
  • maryland,
  • South Dakota,
  • Colorado,
  • Connecticut and
  • delaware,
  • Alabama recently recognized June 16 as a paid state holiday news watcher.

However, some states treat June 16 as a day of remembrance or commemoration rather than a statutory paid holiday. These states include Tennessee, Florida, California, South Carolina and Mississippi.

June tenth day off

Want to know more about Juneteenth? Here’s what you need to know.

This is how Juneteenth went from a pipe dream to reality.

However, when it became an official holiday, not all blacks were impressed; here’s why.

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People carry June 16 flags as they march during a June 16 reenactment celebration in Galveston, Texas, June 19, 2021. Interest on June 16 wanes as the day off remains elusive for most Americans
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Rick Schindler

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