Jefferson Davis’ Birthday in Florida
Jefferson Davis’ Birthday is a holiday observed in several U.S. states on various days. In some states, it is celebrated on the same day as Memorial Day, as is the case in Mississippi. In other places, it is observed on the anniversary of his actual birthday on June 3, 1808.
In Florida, it is observed on June 3rd as a public holiday. Because it is a public holiday, government offices and schools are closed on this day. Recently, there have been attempts in the legislature to end this holiday and other Confederate holidays. As of the writing of this holiday article, these attempts have not been successful.
The History of Jefferson Davis’ Birthday in Florida
Jefferson Davis was born on June 3, 1808, in Kentucky and was elected President of the Confederacy during the Civil War. When the war ended, he was captured and accused of treason, although he was never tried and served only a two-year sentence. At the turn of the century, the Ku Klux Klan and other organizations that supported the Confederacy lobbied to make his birthday a legal holiday. This eventually happened in 1905 with the creation of the holiday.
Facts About Jefferson Davis
Below are some facts about Jefferson Davis and his legacy:
- Davis was arrested for participating in the Eggnog Riot of 1826 at West Point.
- He was named after Thomas Jefferson.
- He established the United States Camel Corps during the mid-19th century.
Observing Jefferson Davis’ Birthday in Florida
Although this holiday is a legal holiday in Florida, it is not a paid holiday for public employees in the state. On this day, people who support the legacy of the Confederacy celebrate by raising the First National Flag — also known as the Stars and Bars — or the Second National Flag — also known as the Stainless Banner. Other Confederate flags flown on this day include the Bonnie Blue Flag, the Confederate Naval Jack, or the Confederate Battle Flag.