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When is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday?

Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809.

Lincoln, one of America’s most admired presidents, grew up a member of a poor family in Kentucky and Indiana. He attended school for only one year, but thereafter read on his own in a continual effort to improve his mind. As an adult, he lived in Illinois and performed a variety of jobs including stints as a postmaster, surveyor and shopkeeper, before entering politics. He served in the Illinois legislature from 1834 to 1842 and in Congress from 1847-1849, and then became an attorney. In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd; together, the pair raised four sons.

Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865, while attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died little less than a week after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen.Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, signaling the end of the Civil War.

Where is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday observed?

Shortly after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilke Booth in 1865, there was a push to make his birthday be recognized as a holiday. However, those efforts have never been successful but people around the country have held celebrations to commemorate his legacy. There are a handful of states that have official state holidays to honor Lincoln directly, including California, Connecticut, Missouri, New York and his adopted home state Illinois, where he lies in rest.

In other parts of the country there are official ceremonies on 12 February. There is a wreath-laying ceremony at Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky and one at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

It was Abraham Lincoln who first declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. for this reason the day after Thanksgiving is celebrated as Abraham Lincoln day in Indiana and New Mexico.

Observances of his birthday and that of Frederick Douglass’ were the foundation for the creation of Black History Month.

Is Lincoln's Birthday a Public Holiday?

Lincoln's Birthday is a public holiday in 6 states, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Why Abraham Lincoln's birthday isn't a federal holiday?

Abraham Lincoln may be the greatest of all US presidents. He ended slavery, won the Civil War, and ensured that the United States would remain united in the modern world. His face is printed on the five-dollar bill and stamped on the penny. The Lincoln Memorial is one of the nation’s iconic sites.

But Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb. 12 is not a national holiday, and it never has been. Nor is Lincoln officially remembered on a federal President’s Day in late February. That’s just not the case, despite a widespread belief to the contrary.

True, people have tried to make Lincoln’s birthday a US day of commemoration. One of the first was Julius Francis, a shopkeeper from Buffalo, N.Y. Beginning in 1874, he made the public remembrance of the 16th president his life’s mission, according to a 2003 Buffalo News article on the subject. He petitioned both Albany and Washington. New York went along and made Feb. 12 a state holiday. Washington and Congress did not.

Remember that for decades following the Civil War the South and North remained split as to how to remember its sacrifice and heroes. Days to remember the fallen arose on separate dates in the two regions. In was only with the nationalizing tragedy of World War I that these combined into the Memorial Day we now celebrate.

Thus, a national Lincoln holiday would have been controversial to many in the South until well into the 20th century. Perhaps that’s why Congress as a whole remained resistant.

Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday

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Some states observe the day as part of Presidents’ Day, which is officially known as Washington’s Birthday.

Various activities such as re-enactments, concerts and birthday parties are often organized for the day. Organizations such as the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum often plan large-scale events to honor and remember Lincoln on or around his birthday.

A wreath-laying ceremony and reading of the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC are traditional events on February 12. Republican Party members may also hold Lincoln Day fundraising dinners because he is known as the first president of the Republican Party.

Lincoln’s Birthday is a public holiday in some states including:

California. (Many schools, courts and businesses are closed. However, some offices and businesses remain open.)




Missouri. (Many schools remain open.)

New Jersey.

New Mexico.

New York (Lincoln's Birthday is a floating holiday for state government employees in certain bargaining units).

Many government offices are closed within most these states. Some schools are open, so it is best to check with your local school district. Some businesses also remain open. Not all states observe the day on the same date. Lincoln’s Birthday is also absorbed into Presidents’ Day in other parts of the United States, such as Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio. It is a legal observance in Florida.

Wear a hat

Lincoln's look had several iconic features, ranging from his lofty 6'4" height, to his beard, and of course, his stovepipe hat. We're not suggesting you adopt a stovepipe style (even if you could find one), but it's easy to get in the spirit of celebration with any old-fashioned hat, As reported by National Holidays.

Build something with Lincoln Logs

Fun fact: Lincoln Logs, although undoubtedly inspired by the story of the president growing up in a one-room log cabin, was actually invented by John Lloyd Wright, son of legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. They're still being manufactured today; if you have a set, dust them off and build your own masterpiece to celebrate the humble beginning of Lincoln's American dream.

Consider a beard

Did you know Lincoln was the first president to wear a beard while in office? If you're so inclined, plan ahead so your new beard can make a respectable showing by the time Lincoln's birthday comes around — or just skip shaving on the day. (Ladies, since it's unlikely you will be able to join in this particular form of celebration, perhaps you could encourage your male friends.)

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Favorite Lincoln Quotes

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“I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise.”

2,Silence is golden

“It is better to stay silent and let people think you are an idiot than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

3,Law within reason

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”

4, The church of conscience

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

Fun facts about US 16th president

-Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States when he took office in 1861 just before the outbreak of the civil war

-Lincoln has been honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Lincoln was known in his time as a skilled wrestler with only one recorded defeat.

-Lincoln signed the legislation authorizing the creation of the U.S. Secret Service just hours before his assassination.

-In 1876, a group of graverobbers nearly stole Lincoln’s body. They were foiled by a group of Secret Service agents who infiltrated the group and set a trap.

-John Wilkes Booth’s brother, Edwin Booth, considered America’s greatest actor at the time, saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert by pulling him out of the path of an oncoming train.

-Lincoln never slept in the White House’s Lincoln Bedroom. Lincoln used the room mainly as an office. The room is now rumored to be haunted!

-Illinois may be “the Land of Lincoln,” but Lincoln didn’t move there until he was 21. He was born and raised in Kentucky and Indiana.

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