Wichita County Commissioners Monday added Juneteenth to the county’s list of holidays, meaning county workers will get two weeks of paid holidays.
“This is a very generous holiday schedule,” Commissioner Barry Mahler said. “It’s not duplicated anywhere I know of.”
By comparison, the city of Wichita Falls grants 11 holidays per year. While it does not observe Juneteenth, it allows two “floating holidays.” The Wichita Falls Independent School District awards multi-day breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Juneteenth falls during the summer break.
In addition to giving actual holidays off to employees, the county also closes the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
Juneteenth, the traditional observance of African Americans being freed from slavery, was recognized as a federal holiday this year and has been observed as a Texas holiday for several decades.