Lincoln's Birthday

Lincoln's Birthday

Infobox Holiday
holiday_name=Lincoln's Birthday

caption=Abraham Lincoln
official_name=Birthday of President Abraham Lincoln
nickname=Lincoln's Birthday
observedby=Illinois and various U.S. states
date=February 12
significance=Honors 16th President of the United States
relatedto=Presidents Day

Lincoln's Birthday is a legal holiday in some U.S. states including Illinois, Connecticut, California, Missouri, New York, New Jersey and Indiana. It is observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12, 1809 [ Indiana celebrates it the day after the fourth Thursday in November (See Infoplease @ [] )] .

The day is marked by traditional wreath-laying ceremonies at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Kentucky, and at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The latter has been the site of a ceremony ever since the Memorial was dedicated. Since that event in 1922, 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. A wreath is laid on behalf of the President of the United States, a custom also carried out at the gravesites of all US presidents on their birthdays. Lincoln's tomb is in Springfield, Illinois.

Many states that had formerly observed this holiday have created a joint holiday to honor both Lincoln and George Washington, sometimes calling it "Presidents Day". It coincides with the Federal holiday officially designated "Washington's Birthday", observed on the third Monday of February. There has never been an annual Federal holiday honoring Lincoln.


External links

* [ Illinois Code: State Holidays]
* [ Connecticut: Legal Holidays and Standard of Time]
* [ Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site]

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