Lincoln's Birthday Date in the current year: February 12, 2016

Lincoln's Birthday February 12, 1809 is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the USA. Today February 12 is Lincoln's Birthday, that is a legal holiday in some states.

The earliest known observance of Lincoln's Birthday is dated to 1874. A Buffalo, New York, druggist made it his life's mission to honor the president, that is why he repeatedly petitioned Congress in order to establish the day of Abraham Lincoln's birthday as a legal holiday.

Only some states recognized Lincoln’s Birthday as a legal holiday. It is celebrated in California, Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey. Other states combined the celebration of Lincoln's birthday with a celebration of Washington's birthday as a part of another holiday – President's Day. This holiday is observed of the third Monday of February, that is not an actual Lincoln's or Washington's birthday.

Lincoln's Birthday is marked by traditional ceremony of wreath-laying at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The same ceremony takes place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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