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Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
is a legal, public holiday in some U.S. states, observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12, 1809, in Hodgensville, Kentucky.[1] Connecticut,[2] Illinois,[3] Indiana,[4] Ohio, Missouri, and New York observe the holiday. In other states, Lincoln's birthday is not celebrated separately, as a stand-alone holiday. Instead Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
is combined with a celebration of President George Washington's birthday (also in February) and celebrated either as Washington's Birthday
Washington's Birthday
or as Presidents' Day
Presidents' Day
on the third Monday in February, concurrent with the federal holiday.


1 History

1.1 Origin of Black History Month

2 Official government holidays 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The earliest known observance of Lincoln's birthday occurred in Buffalo, New York, in either 1873 or 1874. Julius Francis (d. 1881), a Buffalo druggist, made it his life's mission to honor the slain president. He repeatedly petitioned Congress to establish Lincoln's birthday as a legal holiday.[5] The day is marked by traditional wreath-laying ceremonies at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Kentucky, and at the Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
in Washington, D.C.. The latter has been the site of a ceremony ever since the Memorial was dedicated. Since that event in 1920, observances continue to be organized by the Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee and by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
United States
(MOLLUS). A wreath is laid on behalf of the President of the United States, a custom also carried out at the grave sites of all deceased U.S. presidents on their birthdays. Lincoln's tomb is in Springfield, Illinois. On February 12, 2009, the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial commemorated Lincoln's 200th birthday in grand fashion. An extended ceremony, organized by the Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) and with help from MOLLUS, featured musical performances from four-time Grammy-nominated singer Michael Feinstein and the U.S. Marine Corps Band. The morning celebration also featured remarks by Sen. Dick Durbin; Lincoln scholar and ALBC Co-Chair Harold Holzer; recently retired Rhode Island Supreme Court
Rhode Island Supreme Court
Chief Justice – and ALBC Commissioner – Frank J. Williams; and author Nikki Giovanni reciting her newest work, which was written especially for the Bicentennial. As part of Lincoln's birthday bicentennial, the U.S. Mint released four new Lincoln cents. The commemorative coins have new designs on the reverse showing stages of his life. The first went into circulation on September 12, 2009. The standard portrait of Lincoln's head remains on the front. The new designs include a log cabin representing his birthplace, Lincoln as a young man reading while sitting on a log that he was taking a break from splitting, Lincoln as a state legislator in front of the Illinois
Capitol, and the partially built dome of the U.S. Capitol.[6] New Jersey
New Jersey
stopped observing the holiday on May 23, 2005 with the enactment of the Public Employee Pension and Benefits Reform Act of 2008.[7] Origin of Black History Month[edit] Black History Month
Black History Month
has its origin in 19th Century celebrations of Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
by African-American
communities in the United States.[8] By the early 20th Century, black communities were annually celebrating Lincoln's birthday in conjunction with the birthday of former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
on February 14.[8] The precursor to Black History Month
Black History Month
was created in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson
Carter G. Woodson
and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week of February would be "Negro History Week" to coincide with the traditional Black commemorations of both men's birthdays.[8] By the 1970s, "Negro History Week" had become "Black History Month".[8] Black History Month has expanded further to Canada, where it is also celebrated in February, and to the United Kingdom, which celebrates it in October. Official government holidays[edit] Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
was never a U.S. Federal Government
U.S. Federal Government
holiday. The third Monday in February remains only "Washington's Birthday" in federal law. However, many state governments have officially renamed their Washington's Birthday
Washington's Birthday
state holiday as "Presidents' Day", "Washington and Lincoln Day", or other such designations which explicitly or implicitly celebrate Lincoln's birthday. Regardless of the official name and purpose, celebrations and commemorations on or about the third Monday often include honoring Lincoln. In Connecticut, Missouri, and Illinois, while Washington's Birthday
Washington's Birthday
is a federal holiday, Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
is still a state holiday, falling on February 12 regardless of the day of the week. California still lists Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
as a holiday,[1] but as of 2009 no longer gives State employees a paid holiday on February 12.[9] In the following states, third Monday in February is an official state holiday and known as: Using "president"

Presidents' Day
Presidents' Day
in Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota,[10] Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Washington[11] President's Day in Alaska, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming Presidents Day in Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, and Oregon Washington's Birthday/President's Day in Maine Lincoln/Washington/ Presidents' Day
Presidents' Day
in Arizona

Washington and Lincoln

Washington and Lincoln Day in Utah Washington– Lincoln Day in Colorado,[12] Ohio [13] Washington's and Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
in Indiana
[14] Lincoln's and Washington's Birthday
Washington's Birthday
in Montana Washington's and Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
in Minnesota [15]

Washington alone

George Washington
George Washington
Day in Virginia

Washington and another person

George Washington/Thomas Jefferson Birthday in Alabama[16] George Washington's Birthday
Washington's Birthday
and Daisy Gatson Bates Day in Arkansas


"The third Monday in February" in California.[17]

Several states honor presidents with official state holidays that do not fall on the third Monday of February. In New Mexico, Presidents' Day, at least as a state-government paid holiday, is observed on the Friday following Thanksgiving.[18] In Georgia, Presidents' Day, at least as a state-government paid holiday, is observed on Christmas
Eve (Observed on the prior Thursday if Christmas
falls on Saturday; observed on the prior Friday if Christmas
falls on a Sunday. If December 24 is a Wednesday, then this holiday is observed on Friday December 26.)[19] See also[edit]

Public holidays in the United States United States
United States
commemorative coin


^ a b Cal. Gov. Code § 6700(c) ^ "Connecticut: Legal Holidays and Standard of Time". Cga.ct.gov. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ "105 ILCS 5/24-2". Ilga.gov. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ Assembly, Indiana
General. " Indiana
Code 2017 - Indiana
General Assembly, 2017 Session". In.gov. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ Continelli, Louise. "Lincoln Tribute Places Spotlight on Local Connection." www.buffalonews.com, February 17, 2003 ^ AP/The Huffington Post. "New Lincoln Pennies Unveiled: See Pictures Of Each Penny" www.huffingtonpost.com, February 12, 2009 ^ "P.L. 2008, c.89 (S1962 SCS)". Njleg.state.nj.us. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ a b c d Daryl Michael Scott, "The Origins of Black History Month," Archived 2013-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2011, www.asalh.org/ ^ "How Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
lost his birthday holiday - National Constitution Center". National Constitution Center – constitutioncenter.org. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ "404 - North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner". North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ "RCW 1.16.050". Revised Code of Washington.  ^ CRS 24-11-101 ^ "Lawriter : ORC : Excluding first and including last day - legal holidays". codes.ohio.gov. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ "SPD: State Holidays". In.gov. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ "645.44 - 2017 Minnesota Statutes". Revisor.mn.gov. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ "State of Alabama - Inform.Alabama.Gov - State Calendar". inform.alabama.gov. Retrieved 2 November 2017.  ^ Cal. Gov. Code § 6700(a)(5) ^ "Official State Holidays". New Mexico
New Mexico
State Treasurer's Office. Retrieved January 21, 2014.  ^ "State Holidays". Georgia.gov. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lincoln's Birthday.

Hannibal Hamlin Proposes Lincoln's Birthday
Lincoln's Birthday
a National Day of Observance 1887 Shapell Manuscript Foundation Abraham Lincoln
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Birthplace National Historic Site Original Manuscript Letters and Documents written by Abraham Lincoln Shapell Manuscript Foundation

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Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States
President of the United States
(1861–1865) U.S. Representative from Illinois


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