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Lincoln's Birthday

Lincoln's Birthday is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.

Here's an overview of the origin and history of Lincoln's Birthday

1. Abraham Lincoln's Life and Legacy

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in American history. Lincoln played a crucial role in preserving the Union during the American Civil War and is remembered for his leadership, his Emancipation Proclamation that declared the end of slavery, and his Gettysburg Address.

2. Early Commemoration Efforts

After Lincoln's assassination on April 15, 1865, there were immediate calls to honor his memory. Various organizations and individuals began advocating for an annual observance of Lincoln's birthday as a way to pay tribute to his life and accomplishments.

3. State Observances

The first official state observance of Lincoln's Birthday occurred in 1874 when it was made a legal holiday in Illinois. Other states, including New York and New Jersey, followed suit and recognized Lincoln's Birthday as a public holiday.

4. The Federal Recognition

Despite state-level observances, Lincoln's Birthday was not initially recognized as a federal holiday. However, efforts to establish a federal holiday in honor of Lincoln began in the early 20th century.

5. Creation of Presidents Day

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which aimed to create more three-day weekends for workers by moving the celebration of certain holidays to Mondays. As part of this act, the birthdays of George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12) were combined into a single federal holiday called Presidents Day. The change took effect in 1971.

6. Presidents Day Celebration

Presidents Day, observed on the third Monday in February, became a holiday to honor the legacies of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as other past U.S. presidents. While the holiday officially retains the name Presidents Day, some states still maintain separate observances for Lincoln's Birthday.

7. Recognition and Significance

Lincoln's Birthday holds significance as a day to remember and reflect upon the leadership and accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln. It serves as an opportunity to honor his contributions to the nation, particularly his efforts to preserve the Union and abolish slavery.

Overall, while Lincoln's Birthday is no longer celebrated as a standalone federal holiday, it remains an important part of American history and is acknowledged within the broader observance of Presidents Day.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Monday Feb 12, 2024 Lincoln's Birthday 2 months ago
2025 Wednesday Feb 12, 2025 Lincoln's Birthday 9 months from now
2026 Thursday Feb 12, 2026 Lincoln's Birthday 1 year from now
2027 Friday Feb 12, 2027 Lincoln's Birthday 2 years from now
2028 Saturday Feb 12, 2028 Lincoln's Birthday 3 years from now
2029 Monday Feb 12, 2029 Lincoln's Birthday 4 years from now
2030 Tuesday Feb 12, 2030 Lincoln's Birthday 5 years from now
2031 Wednesday Feb 12, 2031 Lincoln's Birthday 6 years from now
2032 Thursday Feb 12, 2032 Lincoln's Birthday 7 years from now
2033 Saturday Feb 12, 2033 Lincoln's Birthday 8 years from now
2034 Sunday Feb 12, 2034 Lincoln's Birthday 9 years from now
2035 Monday Feb 12, 2035 Lincoln's Birthday 10 years from now
2036 Tuesday Feb 12, 2036 Lincoln's Birthday 11 years from now
2037 Thursday Feb 12, 2037 Lincoln's Birthday 12 years from now
2038 Friday Feb 12, 2038 Lincoln's Birthday 13 years from now
2039 Saturday Feb 12, 2039 Lincoln's Birthday 14 years from now
2023 Sunday Feb 12, 2023 Lincoln's Birthday 1 year ago
2022 Saturday Feb 12, 2022 Lincoln's Birthday 2 years ago
2021 Friday Feb 12, 2021 Lincoln's Birthday 3 years ago
2020 Wednesday Feb 12, 2020 Lincoln's Birthday 4 years ago
2019 Tuesday Feb 12, 2019 Lincoln's Birthday 5 years ago
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Notice, in particular, conversion from the other calendar to the Gregorian calendar, there may be discrepancies.