Alabama omits Civil War leader Abraham Lincoln from Presidents Day holiday

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Presidents Day – at least on a federal level – isn’t a holiday. Instead, the official federal holiday is known as George Washington’s birthday, a time to honor America’s first president, who was born on Feb. 22, 1732.

Its only colloquially that Presidents Day is a term and who exactly is honored on the holiday varies from state to state. Most states opt to list Washington and America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday falls on Feb. 12, as the honorees.

Not Alabama, however.

In Alabama, “Presidents Day” is specifically designated in recognition of Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the country’s third president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. It is the only state in the country to honor Washington and Jefferson, whose birthday is on April 13.


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