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Jefferson Davis Birthday in United States

Jefferson Davis’ Birthday, also known as Jefferson Davis Day, commemorates the birthday of Jefferson Davis, a Confederate leader during the American Civil War in the 1860s. It is a state holiday in Alabama on the first Monday of June each year.

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Jefferson Davis' Birthday commemorates the life and work of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate States of America.
Jefferson Davis' Birthday commemorates the life and work of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate States of America.
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What Do People Do?

Alabama celebrates Jefferson Davis' Birthday on the first Monday in June. In Florida it is a legal holiday on June 3. Other states, such as Kentucky, do not officially observe but informally celebrate the day. Jefferson Davis' Birthday is combined with Memorial Day in Mississippi on the last Monday of May.

Events include reunions for associations linked with Jefferson Davis and the crowning of “Miss Confederacy” at the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Kentucky, where a concrete obelisk stands near the site of Davis' birthplace.

Public Life

Jefferson Davis’ Birthday is a state holiday in Alabama. Public offices are closed, as are schools and many businesses. This observance is combined with Memorial Day in Mississippi.


After serving in the Mexican War and serving as Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis was chosen twice to the US Senate, finishing neither term. When the Confederacy seceded from the Union, Davis was chosen as its leader. By popular vote on February 22, 1862, he became the only president of the Confederate States of America. Davis is considered by many to have mismanaged the Confederacy and its conduct of the Civil War. After fleeing the capital in Richmond near the end of the war, Davis was jailed for treason, and afterwards led the life of a business entrepreneur and author until he died at the age of 81 in 1889.

There are some links between Jefferson Davis’ birthday, Confederate Memorial Day and Memorial Day. By 1916, 10 southern states marked June 3, which was Jefferson Davis' birthday, as Confederate Memorial Day. Mississippi observes Jefferson Davis’ Birthday in conjunction with the Memorial Day federal holiday on May 26.


The Jefferson Davis National Highway in the United States and Jefferson Davis County in Mississippi were named in honor of Jefferson Davis. A 351-foot (107 m) tall concrete obelisk at the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview, Todd County, Kentucky marks the site of his birth place in what was then Christian County, Kentucky. There are statues of Davis in many places in the United States, including the Alabama, Virginia and Kentucky State Capitols.

The Confederate flag is used by many to symbolize Jefferson Davis Day. It is defined as any of the flags used by the Confederate States of America. This includes: First National or Stars and Bars; Second National or Stainless Banner; Third National; Bonnie Blue Flag; Confederate Battle Flag; and the Confederate Naval Jack.

Jefferson Davis Birthday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonMay 312010Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
ThuJun 32010Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonJun 72010Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
MonMay 302011Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
FriJun 32011Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonJun 62011Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
MonMay 282012Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
SunJun 32012Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonJun 42012Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
MonMay 272013Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
MonJun 32013Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonJun 32013Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
MonMay 262014Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
MonJun 22014Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
TueJun 32014Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonMay 252015Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
MonJun 12015Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
WedJun 32015Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonMay 302016Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
FriJun 32016Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonJun 62016Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
MonMay 292017Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
SatJun 32017Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonJun 52017Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
MonMay 282018Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
SunJun 32018Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonJun 42018Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
MonMay 272019Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
MonJun 32019Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida
MonJun 32019Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
MonMay 252020Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceMississippi
MonJun 12020Jefferson Davis BirthdayState holidayAlabama
WedJun 32020Jefferson Davis BirthdayLocal observanceFlorida

Quick Facts

Jefferson Davis' Birthday, also known as Jefferson Davis Day, is a state holiday in Alabama in the United States.

Jefferson Davis Birthday 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015 (local in Mississippi)
Monday, June 1, 2015 (local in Alabama)
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (local in Florida)

Jefferson Davis Birthday 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016 (local in Mississippi)
Friday, June 3, 2016 (local in Florida)
Monday, June 6, 2016 (local in Alabama)


Name in other languages

Jefferson Davis BirthdayEnglish
Natalicio de Jefferson DavisSpanish
יום ההולדת "ג'פרסון דייוויסHebrew
جيفرسون ديفيس 'عيد ميلادArabic
제퍼슨 데이비스 '생일Korean
Geburtstag von Jefferson DavisGerman

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