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Confederate Memorial Day is a state holiday in some states in the United States. It gives people a chance to honor and remember the Confederate soldiers who died or were wounded during the American Civil War during the 1860s.
Is Confederate Memorial Day a Public Holiday?
Confederate Memorial Day is a public holiday in some areas (see list below), where it is a day off and schools and most businesses are closed. In other areas, Confederate Memorial Day is a normal working day.
Observe Confederate Memorial Day
A range of events are organized on and around Confederate Memorial Day. The Main Library of the University of Georgia marks the occasion by publicly displaying the original Constitution of the Confederate States of America.
Other observances include:
- Ceremonies to place flags and wreaths on the graves of Confederate soldiers and memorials to them.
- Church services.
- Re-enactments (in historical costume) of battles and events from the Civil War.
- Displays of Civil War relics.
However, this type of observance is controversial, as some see it as glorifying a culture and way of life that could only exist because of the work carried out by slaves.
Confederate Memorial Day is a state holiday in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia on the fourth Monday in April. In Mississippi it is observed on the last Monday in April. In South Carolina and North Carolina it falls on May 10.
Confederate Memorial Day is known as Confederate Heroes Day in Texas. It is held on January 19 each year. Only one day off is given to workers if it coincides with Martin Luther King Day.
In these areas, state offices are generally closed. However, Confederate Memorial Day is not a federal holiday and federal offices may be open. Some schools in states like Georgia are also open. Stores and other businesses may be open or closed according to local custom. Public transit services may operate to their normal or reduced schedules. There may be some minor road closures or congestion around war memorials or important battlegrounds.
About Confederate Memorial Day
Between 1861 and 1865, there was a war between the Union and the Confederate States of America. As slavery disappeared from the northern states, but remained viable in the south, two very different ways of life arose in these sections, according to the US Department of the Interior’s National Park Service. Compromises regarding slavery, especially its extension to the new western territories, became more difficult to achieve. Social, political and economic power was at stake for both the north and the south.
The divisions began in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln, who opposed the expansion of slavery, was elected as president of the United States. Seven states in the south declared their secession from the United States before he took office. Southern states maintained various concerns regarding political ideals, property and homes, protection for their families, and economic loss.
The actual war started on April 12, 1861, at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The last cease-fire was signed at Fort Towson, Oklahoma, on June 23, 1865, although the naval forces on the CSS Shenandoah did not surrender until November 4, 1865 in Liverpool, Great Britain. It is estimated that more than 600,000 soldiers died during the American Civil War and that about 260,000 of these were Confederates. In addition, an unknown number of civilians died in the hostilities.
Those who died fighting for the Confederate States during the American Civil War are remembered on other dates in some states. In Arkansas and Texas, there are joint celebrations of the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (a general in the Confederate army) and Martin Luther King on the third Monday in January. In Texas, this is sometimes known as Confederate Heroes Day. In Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee, the birthday of Jefferson Davis (the only President of the Confederate States of America) on June 3, 1808, is observed.
In North and South Carolina, May 10 marks the anniversaries of the death of Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson (a general in the Confederate army) in 1863 and the capture of Jefferson Davis in 1865. In Pennsylvania, the organization known as the Sons of Confederate Veterans commemorates those who died while fighting for the Confederates. In Virginia, the lives of Confederate soldiers are honored on Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. Confederate Memorial Day was first observed in a number of areas in or just after 1866.
Confederate Memorial Day Observances
|2010||Tue||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2010||Mon||Apr 26||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2010||Mon||Apr 26||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2010||Mon||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2010||Mon||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Georgia|
|2010||Mon||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||North Carolina, South Carolina|
|2011||Wed||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2011||Mon||Apr 25||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2011||Mon||Apr 25||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2011||Mon||Apr 25||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Georgia|
|2011||Tue||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2011||Tue||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||North Carolina, South Carolina|
|2012||Thu||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2012||Mon||Apr 23||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2012||Mon||Apr 23||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Georgia|
|2012||Thu||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2012||Mon||Apr 30||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2012||Thu||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||North Carolina, South Carolina|
|2013||Sat||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2013||Mon||Apr 22||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2013||Mon||Apr 22||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Georgia|
|2013||Fri||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2013||Mon||Apr 29||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2013||Fri||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||North Carolina, South Carolina|
|2014||Sun||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2014||Sat||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2014||Mon||Apr 28||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2014||Mon||Apr 28||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2014||Mon||Apr 28||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Georgia|
|2014||Fri||May 9||Confederate Memorial Day observed||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2014||Sat||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||Local observance||North Carolina|
|2014||Sat||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2015||Mon||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2015||Sun||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2015||Mon||Apr 27||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2015||Mon||Apr 27||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2015||Mon||Apr 27||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Georgia|
|2015||Mon||Apr 27||Confederate Heroes Day observed||Local observance||Florida|
|2015||Sun||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2015||Sun||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||Local observance||North Carolina|
|2015||Mon||May 11||Confederate Memorial Day observed||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2016||Tue||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2016||Mon||Apr 25||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2016||Mon||Apr 25||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2016||Mon||Apr 25||State Holiday||State holiday||Georgia|
|2016||Tue||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2016||Tue||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2016||Tue||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||Local observance||North Carolina|
|2017||Thu||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2017||Mon||Apr 24||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2017||Mon||Apr 24||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2017||Mon||Apr 24||State Holiday||State holiday||Georgia|
|2017||Wed||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2017||Wed||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||Local observance||North Carolina|
|2017||Wed||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2018||Fri||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2018||Mon||Apr 23||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2018||Mon||Apr 23||State Holiday||State holiday||Georgia|
|2018||Thu||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2018||Mon||Apr 30||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2018||Thu||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||Local observance||North Carolina|
|2018||Thu||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2019||Sat||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2019||Mon||Apr 22||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2019||Mon||Apr 22||State Holiday||State holiday||Georgia|
|2019||Fri||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2019||Mon||Apr 29||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2019||Fri||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2019||Fri||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||Local observance||North Carolina|
|2020||Sun||Jan 19||Confederate Heroes Day||State holiday||Texas|
|2020||Sun||Apr 26||Confederate Heroes Day||Local observance||Florida|
|2020||Mon||Apr 27||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Mississippi|
|2020||Mon||Apr 27||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||Alabama|
|2020||Mon||Apr 27||Confederate Heroes Day observed||Local observance||Florida|
|2020||Mon||Apr 27||State Holiday||State holiday||Georgia|
|2020||Sun||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||Local observance||North Carolina|
|2020||Sun||May 10||Confederate Memorial Day||State holiday||South Carolina|
|2020||Mon||May 11||Confederate Memorial Day observed||State holiday||South Carolina|
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