Packers to close business Friday in observance of Juneteenth

The Green Bay Packers have announced they will be closing its offices and businesses Friday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

The team’s announcement says Juneteenth will be an annual observance.

“The Packers will be observing Juneteenth and taking the opportunity to reflect on our own roles and opportunities to further our awareness of racial injustices and inequities and what we can do to affect positive change in our communities,” Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said, per the team’s release.