Lyndon B. Johnson Day is celebrated in Texas every 27 August to commemorate the birthday of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson. In 2018, the holiday falls on a Monday.
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Fondly referred to as “LBJ,” President Johnson was born in a small farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas to parents who instilled the tenets of Texas in him: God, country, industriousness, and compassion. Inaugurated as the 36th president of the United States, Johnson proudly served his country from November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969.
During his administration, President Johnson strove to make America a “Great Society” for every American; his agenda embodied his personal experiences as he desired for every American to be able to benefit from America’s rich history and abundant opportunities.
President Johnson’s humble upbringing did not deter him. With the support of his family, Johnson’s persistence to succeed helped him advance from a Texas educator to President of the United States. Under the leadership of President Johnson, Congress passed some of the most effective laws to date: 1964 and 1968 Civil Rights Acts, the Medicare and Medicaid Acts, and the Voting Rights Act.
After the culmination of his presidency, LBJ returned to his beloved Texas. He was deeply attached to Texas and his heritage. Johnson had long before purchased the land surrounding his birth place and had converted the land into the legendary LBJ Ranch: “The Texas Whitehouse.” The LBJ Ranch is where Texas’ native son was born, lived, died, and is buried.
After Johnson died on January 22, 1973, the Texas State Legislature created a holiday to be observed every year on August 27th in his honor. While state offices remain open, Texas employees are given the option of taking the day off.
Throughout the state, an array of programs, events, festivities, and parades are held to honor the life and legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson. An annual celebration is also held at The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, which houses the birthplace, home, ranch, and burial grounds of LBJ.