Jefferson Davis Birthday in the 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.
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.
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
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Mon||May 31||2010||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Thu||Jun 3||2010||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||Jun 7||2010||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Mon||May 30||2011||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Fri||Jun 3||2011||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||Jun 6||2011||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Mon||May 28||2012||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Sun||Jun 3||2012||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||Jun 4||2012||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Mon||May 27||2013||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Mon||Jun 3||2013||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Mon||Jun 3||2013||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||May 26||2014||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Mon||Jun 2||2014||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Tue||Jun 3||2014||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||May 25||2015||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Mon||Jun 1||2015||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Wed||Jun 3||2015||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||May 30||2016||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Fri||Jun 3||2016||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||Jun 6||2016||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Mon||May 29||2017||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Sat||Jun 3||2017||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||Jun 5||2017||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Mon||May 28||2018||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Sun||Jun 3||2018||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||Jun 4||2018||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Mon||May 27||2019||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Mon||Jun 3||2019||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Mon||Jun 3||2019||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
|Mon||May 25||2020||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Mississippi|
|Mon||Jun 1||2020||Jefferson Davis Birthday||State holiday||Alabama|
|Wed||Jun 3||2020||Jefferson Davis Birthday||Local observance||Florida|
Quick FactsJefferson Davis' Birthday, also known as Jefferson Davis Day, is a state holiday in Alabama in the United States.
Jefferson Davis Birthday 2016Monday, May 30, 2016 (local in Mississippi)
Friday, June 3, 2016 (local in Florida)
Monday, June 6, 2016 (local in Alabama)
Jefferson Davis Birthday 2017Monday, May 29, 2017 (local in Mississippi)
Saturday, June 3, 2017 (local in Florida)
Monday, June 5, 2017 (local in Alabama)
Name in other languages
|Jefferson Davis Birthday||English|
|Natalicio de Jefferson Davis||Spanish|
|יום ההולדת "ג'פרסון דייוויס||Hebrew|
|جيفرسون ديفيس 'عيد ميلاد||Arabic|
|제퍼슨 데이비스 '생일||Korean|
|Geburtstag von Jefferson Davis||German|
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