Lee Jackson Day in the United States
Lee-Jackson Day is a state holiday in Virginia, the United States, to remember two of the Civil War's Confederate leaders – Robert E Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. It is annually celebrated on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day.
What Do People Do?
Lee-Jackson Day is part of a four-day weekend for many people in Virginia, as the following Monday is Martin Luther King Day. The long weekend gives people the chance to catch up with family and friends, go on short breaks, or rest and unwind from work or studies. The day’s theme is a controversial topic of debate among some groups.
Lee-Jackson Day is also a full day of celebration in some cities in Virginia including Lexington City. Those living in Lexington City take part in activities such as:
- Period music.
- Special guest speakers.
- Memorial services.
- A luncheon.
Some people visit Robert E Lee’s and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s final home and resting places on this day.
Lee-Jackson Day is a state holiday in Virginia so state offices are closed. Many schools and businesses (eg. stores) are open. Those planning on travelling in the state will need to check with their local transport authorities on possible amendments to public transport timetables on this day.
Lee-Jackson Day honors Confederate leaders Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (1824-1863). General Lee led the military and naval forces during the Civil War until he surrendered to General Ulysses Grant in 1865, which marked the end of the war. Thomas Jackson's greatest victory was when he led his troops around the Union right flank at Chancellorsville to route the 11th Corps. However, he was wounded and died eight days later on May 10, 1863.
Virginia began observing Lee's birthday on January 19 in 1889. Jackson's remembrance was added to the holiday in 1904. Martin Luther King Day became a federal holiday on January 15 in 1983, which was close to Lee-Jackson Day. The days were combined in Virginia (known then as Lee-Jackson-King Day) until 2000 when they became separate holidays. It was arranged so that Lee-Jackson Day was to be held on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day.
Various monuments and memorials are dedicated to Robert E Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. However, one of the most famous monuments to General Lee, a 60-foot (18-meter) statue of his likeness in New Orleans, was removed in 2017. West Virginia’s Stonewall Jackson State Park is named after Jackson. Both Lee and Jackson have been characterized in novels, television series, movies, and comic books.
Lee Jackson Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Jan 15||2010||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 14||2011||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 13||2012||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 18||2013||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 17||2014||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 16||2015||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 15||2016||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 13||2017||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 12||2018||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 18||2019||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
|Fri||Jan 17||2020||Lee Jackson Day||State holiday||Virginia|
Quick FactsLee-Jackson Day is an annual state holiday in Virginia, the United States, on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day in January.
Lee Jackson Day 2018Friday, January 12, 2018 (local in Virginia)
Lee Jackson Day 2019Friday, January 18, 2019 (local in Virginia)
Name in other languages
|Lee Jackson Day||English|
|Día de Lee Jackson||Spanish|
|לי ג'קסון היום||Hebrew|
|لي جاكسون يوم||Arabic|
|리 잭슨의 날||Korean|
|Lee Jacksons dag||Norwegian|
- Confederate Memorial Day – Friday, January 19, 2018, Monday, April 23, 2018, Thursday, April 26, 2018, Monday, April 30, 2018, Thursday, May 10, 2018
- Jefferson Davis Birthday – Monday, May 28, 2018, Sunday, June 3, 2018, Monday, June 4, 2018
- State Holiday – Monday, January 15, 2018, Friday, January 19, 2018, Friday, November 23, 2018
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- New Year's Day – Tuesday, January 1, 2019
- Epiphany – Sunday, January 6, 2019
- Orthodox Christmas Day – Monday, January 7, 2019
- Stephen Foster Memorial Day – Sunday, January 13, 2019
- Orthodox New Year – Monday, January 14, 2019
- Robert E Lee's Birthday – Saturday, January 19, 2019
- Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat – Monday, January 21, 2019
- Kansas Day – Tuesday, January 29, 2019