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Lincoln's Birthday in United States

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Lincoln’s Birthday is observed in the United States in honor of Abraham Lincoln, who was the nation’s 16th president and was known as the Great Emancipator.

Local names

NameLanguage
Lincoln's BirthdayEnglish
Natalicio de LincolnSpanish
יום הולדתו של לינקולןHebrew
عيد ميلاد لينكولنArabic
링컨의 생일Korean
Lincoln's BirthdayGerman

Lincoln's Birthday 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 (local in CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY)
Friday, November 28, 2014 (local in New Mexico)
Friday, November 28, 2014 (local in Indiana, West Virginia)

Lincoln's Birthday 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015 (local in CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY)
Friday, November 27, 2015 (local in New Mexico)
Friday, November 27, 2015 (local in Indiana, West Virginia)
List of dates for other years

Lincoln’s Birthday celebrates the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, one of the most popular presidents in United States history. It is a state holiday in some states on or around February 12 each year.

The day is also known as Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, Abraham Lincoln Day or Lincoln Day. Some states observe the day as part of Presidents’ Day, which is officially known as Washington’s Birthday.

Abraham Lincoln (image pictured above) is one of the United States' most popular presidents.

©iStockphoto.com/Chris Howells

Celebrate Lincoln'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:

Many government offices are closed within most these states. Some schools are open, so it is best to check with your local school district. Some businesses also remain open. Not all states observe the day on the same date. Lincoln’s Birthday is also absorbed into Presidents’ Day in other parts of the United States, such as Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.

About Lincoln's Birthday

Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, on February 12 in 1809. He lived for a time in Indiana before moving to Illinois. He worked on a farm, split rails for fences, worked in a store, was a captain in the Black Hawk War, and worked as a lawyer. He married Mary Todd and together they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity.

Lincoln began his political career at the age of 23 in 1832 when he ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Illinois General Assembly, as a Whig Party member. He joined the newly formed Republican Party in 1854 and was nationally recognized during the 1858 debates with Stephen Douglas despite Douglas’ win in the race for US Senator. Lincoln won the presidency in 1860 and, despite being a Republican, rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union case during the Civil War (1861-65).

Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator, the Rail Splitter and Honest Abe. He was the president throughout the American Civil War and is known for his struggle to preserve the Union and the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. The assassination occurred less than two weeks after the Confederacy surrendered at Appomattox Court House in 1865.

It has been recorded that Lincoln’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in 1866, one year after his death. Many states have a joint holiday to honor both Lincoln and George Washington, sometimes calling it Presidents’ Day.

Symbols

Various museums and monuments are dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. Various artworks, such as paintings, drawings, statues and photographs, have been created in Lincoln’s image and preserved to honor him.  Examples include:

The nature of Lincoln’s death made him a martyr in the eyes of many Americans and many polls have ranked Lincoln as one of the greatest presidents in United States history.

Lincoln's Birthday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonFeb 121990Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
TueFeb 121991Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
WedFeb 121992Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriFeb 121993Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriFeb 111994Lincoln's Birthday observedState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
SatFeb 121994Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
SunFeb 121995Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
MonFeb 131995Lincoln's Birthday observedState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
MonFeb 121996Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
WedFeb 121997Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
ThuFeb 121998Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriFeb 121999Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriFeb 112000Lincoln's Birthday observedState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
SatFeb 122000Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
MonFeb 122001Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
TueFeb 122002Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
WedFeb 122003Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
ThuFeb 122004Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriFeb 112005Lincoln's Birthday observedState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
SatFeb 122005Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
SunFeb 122006Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
MonFeb 132006Lincoln's Birthday observedState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
MonFeb 122007Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
TueFeb 122008Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
ThuFeb 122009Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCA, CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriFeb 122010Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 262010Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
FriNov 262010Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriFeb 112011Lincoln's Birthday observedState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
SatFeb 122011Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 252011Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
FriNov 252011Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
SunFeb 122012Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
MonFeb 132012Lincoln's Birthday observedState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 232012Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 232012Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia
TueFeb 122013Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 292013Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 292013Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia
WedFeb 122014Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 282014Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 282014Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia
ThuFeb 122015Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 272015Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 272015Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia
FriFeb 122016Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 252016Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 252016Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia
SunFeb 122017Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
MonFeb 132017Lincoln's Birthday observedState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 242017Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 242017Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia
MonFeb 122018Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 232018Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 232018Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia
TueFeb 122019Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 292019Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 292019Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia
WedFeb 122020Lincoln's BirthdayState holidayCT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
FriNov 272020Presidents' DayState holidayNew Mexico
FriNov 272020Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's DayState holidayIndiana, West Virginia

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