Juneteenth Observance Published June 17, 2021 By Public Affairs 6th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Team MacDill, President Biden has signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19 as a federal holiday. The federal government has declared an observance of the federal holiday on Friday, June 18. Federal employees are authorized to observe the Juneteenth holiday on Friday, June 18, 2021, unless required for mission requirements. Please refer to your local leadership on mission requirements, and note the following program closures and schedule updates. Base Closures: Child Development Center (CDC) School Aged Programs Youth Center Medical Appointments: The Medical Group MacDill AFB clinic and the satellite clinic at Sabal Park will remain open for scheduled appointments. To cancel an appointment please call the Care line at 813-828-CARE (2273) Expect potential delays at all clinics to include the pharmacies Follow the AFMS - MacDill – 6th Medical Group Facebook page for updates Schedule Updates: The Military Personnel Flight (MPF) will remain open for prescheduled appointments only - there will be no walk in services Installation gates will operate with normal hours The base pool will open as scheduled Please visit www.macdillfss.com for all Force Support closures and schedule updates The airfield will remain open for operational missions Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States annually on June 19. In 1863, during the American Civil War, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million slaves living in the Confederate states to be free. It was not until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, that the state’s residents finally learned that slavery had been abolished. Thank you Team MacDill – enjoy your Holiday Weekend!