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Lincoln's Birthday

Lincoln’s Birthday 2019 and 2020

Lincoln’s Birthday is a holiday to celebrate the anniversary of the former president’s birth on 12 February 1809. Lincoln’s Birthday used to be a federal holiday, along with Washington’s Birthday, until they were combined as President’s Day. But 12 February is still observed on the state level as Lincoln’s Birthday in a number of US states.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
201912 FebTueLincoln's Birthday CT, IL, MO & NY
29 NovFriLincoln's Birthday Holiday IN
202012 FebWedLincoln's Birthday CT, IL, MO & NY
27 NovFriLincoln's Birthday Holiday IN

The exact date of Lincoln’s Birthday may sometimes vary from state to state, but it is always on or near his actual Birthday of 12 February.

The first celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday in the US occurred in 1866, only a year after his assassination. Of course, the holiday was not popular in the South at first, but it was eventually kept up throughout the United States.

Today, in the states that still observe it as a holiday, Lincoln’s Birthday is celebrated with special events and battle reenactments. There is a wreath laying ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in the nation’s capital, along with a public reading of the Gettysburg Address. And there may also be fundraiser dinners for members of the Republican Party.