Decatur observes 10 other paid holidays: New Year’s Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas and one day designated by the City Manager. Assistant City Manager Teresa de Castro said the city manager typically makes the floating holiday an extra paid day off to extend one of the winter holidays, usually either Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.
Any city employees required to work one of those holidays will receive compensatory time off or receive extra holiday pay.
Decatur was among multiple metro Atlanta cities that planned to hold its first Juneteenth celebration this summer, but the DeKalb County city canceled the event due to poor weather. It would have been hosted by the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights and was co-sponsored by the city.
Juneteenth 2021 also marked the one-year anniversary of the removal of the Confederate monument on the Decatur square. The 30-foot Confederate obelisk was removed on the night of June 18, 2020 in the middle of widespread protests against racism and police brutality. It was originally erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1908.
A different memorial now calls Decatur Square its home. In April 2021, a historic marker was erected to commemorate MLK’s arrest, “chain gang” sentencing and eventual release in 1960. The marker was the work of a group of Decatur High School student activists.