Lincoln Day is the primary annual celebration and fundraising event of
many state and county organizations of the Republican Party in the
United States. It is held annually in February or March depending on
the county and often features a well known speaker from the Republican
Its counterpart for the Democratic Party, held the same time every
year, is the
Jefferson-Jackson Day celebration.
Though traditionally named after
Abraham Lincoln as the first elected
president of the Republican Party, the event has been renamed Reagan
Day in some locations following the death of
Ronald Reagan for the
purpose of honoring Reagan and modernizing the Republican Party's
message. Commenting on this difference in 2005, Senator Lindsey Graham
South Carolina joked "We don’t do
Lincoln Day Dinners in South
Carolina. It’s nothing personal, but it takes a while to get over
things," referencing the fact that Lincoln's election led to the
South Carolina and other states. In some
recent instances Lincoln-Reagan dinners are also held.
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