House lawmakers are also expected to approve the bipartisan legislation.
Juneteenth commemorates the Union Army's June 16, 1865 declaration in Galveston, Texas that slavery had been outlawed in the United States, liberating America's remaining enslaved African Americans.
An attempt to pass the bill previous year foundered when Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, objected to the cost of adding another federal holiday to the calendar. Last year, Johnson and others tried to negotiate swapping Juneteenth for Columbus Day so there would not be another federal holiday added.
"The stakes are a little different", Mark Anthony Neal, a Duke University African American studies professor, told the New York Times last June.
If the bill is passed in the House and signed by the president, Juneteenth would become the 11th annual federal holiday. "But we must continue to work to ensure equal justice and fulfill the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our Constitution".
The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States, a legal public holiday.
Had any senator objected, the bill would have been scheduled for debate, miring the proposal in a legislative timetable that is already chock-full with Biden administration priorities, such as infrastructure and voting rights.
"While it still seems unusual that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter", he said.
"While it still seems unusual that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is not required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter", he added.
The bill is sponsored by Sen.
The celebration kicked off last Saturday and continues with daily events culminating with three separate celebration across the city this Saturday, June 19. "Many Black Americans feel as though this is the first time in a long time that they have been heard in a way across the culture".
The vast majority of states recognize Juneteenth as a holiday or have an official observance of the day, and most states hold celebrations.