Lincoln's Birthday | Friday, 29 | November (U.S.A Indiana) | 2019 | Wednesday, 12 | February ( U.S.A 5 States ) | 2020

Lincoln's Birthday | Wednesday, 12 | February ( U.S.A 5 States ) | 2020 | Friday, 29 | November (U.S.A Indiana) | 2019

Lincoln's Birthday is a legal, public holiday in some U.S. states, observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, California, Missouri, and New York observe the holiday. Wikipedia
Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Observed by: Illinois and various U.S. states
Significance: Honors 16th President of the United States

Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday

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.

Public Life

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.)
  • Connecticut.
  • Illinois.
  • Indiana.
  • 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).


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