Confederate Memorial Day

Confederate Memorial Day

Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Nine states officially observe Confederate Memorial Day: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.[1]

States and dates observed

State Date Remarks
Alabama Fourth Monday in April [2] The surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston to Union General William Sherman on April 26, 1865.
Arkansas Third Monday in January [3] Robert E. Lee's birthday (state holiday combined with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).
Florida April 26 [4][5] See remarks at Alabama.
Georgia April 26 [6] See remarks at Alabama.
Kentucky June 3 [7] Jefferson Davis's birthday.
Louisiana June 3 [6][8] Jefferson Davis's birthday. Set by state law, Louisiana Revised Statues 1:55
Maryland First Saturday of June
Mississippi Last Monday in April [9] See remarks at Alabama.
North Carolina May 10 [6] The death of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in 1863 and the capture of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in 1865.
Pennsylvania Second Saturday in May Observed by the Pennsylvania Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
South Carolina May 10 [10] See remarks at North Carolina.
Tennessee June 3 [6] Jefferson Davis's birthday.
Texas January 19 [6] Confederate Heroes Day. In 1973, the Texas legislature combined the previously official state holidays of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis' birthdays into a single "Confederate Heroes Day" to honor all who had served the Southern Cause. In some years, this date may coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. State offices are partially staffed in recognition of this day.
Texas April 26 [6] Confederate Memorial Day. Texas' official holiday is named Confederate Heroes Day and is celebrated on January 19. However, many local communities and Southern historical organizations within the state also observe a separate "Confederate Memorial Day" on April 26.
Virginia Last Monday in May [6] Same as Memorial Day.


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