How Abraham Lincoln Lost His Birthday Holiday

The following article by Scott Bomboy was written on February 12th, 2020:

It’s Abraham Lincoln’s birthday today, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the number of states that observe the day as a paid holiday.

Currently, the Lincoln holiday is celebrated unofficially nationwide, as part of what many states call Presidents Day, which falls on Monday, February 17 this year. Just a few states celebrate the actual Lincoln birthday on its date. And technically, the federal Presidents Day commemorates George Washington’s observed birthday: There is no national holiday called Presidents Day.

The third Monday in February is the date designated for the federal Washington’s Birthday holiday under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971.

So on February 12, Lincoln’s real birthday, there are few celebrations on a state level, along with a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. There is also a wreath ceremony at Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky. Read the rest HERE.

 

 

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