(WWLP) – All applicable municipal worksites, city halls, banks, and post offices will be closed in Massachusetts Monday in recognition of the Juneteenth federal holiday.

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “I have always supported past Juneteenth events and this is an important and appropriate recognition for our city and nation’s history.”

Essential personnel and public safety services will continue in accordance with guidance from their department leadership. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday June 21st.

The refuse and recycling collection will follow a holiday schedule the week of June 20th.

Back in 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared June 19th as “Juneteenth Independence Day” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Celebrated each year on June 19th, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and is an opportunity to reflect on the need to continue working toward racial justice.

Emotional gatherings were held this past weekend throughout the Pioneer Valley, from the raising of the Juneteenth flag at Springfield’s Mason Square to a Juneteenth Jubilee at the town common in Amherst, a key location for the underground railroad helping escaped slaves.

Springfield State Representative Bud Williams has expressed the deep feelings Juneteenth brings out in him, “So we always celebrate them to recognize the history of our ancestors. and what they went through, the struggles, the pain that they went through. It’s almost like a fourth of July celebration.”