Which US state in 1907 was the last to declare Christmas a legal holiday?
== == Oklahoma in 1907.
Alabama I received this from the Alabama State Archives: Actually, there is no such thing. Alabama as the "first state to declare Christmas a holiday" is a story that gets resurrected every year (yours is the third request for background this year), but has no basis in fact. Three generations of archivists (including myself) have searched in vain for any sort of evidence that the claim is true. The legislature, in 1848, did make Christmas…
First, it should be noted that in 1870, congress created the concept of "federal holidays." At that time, congress declared Christmas one of the federal holidays, along with New Year's Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. But long before congress recognized Christmas, Alabama had become the first state to make it an official holiday, in 1836. However, not every state agreed: back then, some states were influenced by Puritanism, and regarded the celebration of Christmas as…
Congress can only designate holidays for government offices and employees. The US does not have any "national days" as other countries do. Also, the government can't force any state to observe a particular holiday. There is only one religious holiday that is a federal holiday, Christmas. Some claim that it is because of the separation of church and state.
Decoration Day (later called Memorial Day) was first observed on May 30, 1868, three years after the Civil War had ended. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873. It was recognized by all northern states by 1890. The southern states did not recognize May 30 as a holiday until after World War I.
It is different in every Bundesland (state). I live in North-Thine Westphalia and I used to have about 6 weeks of summer holidays, 2 weeks of fall holidays, about 2 weeks of Christmas holidays, 2 weeks of Easter holidays and once in a while a long weekend like on Pentecost or for example when the school decides to make a Friday after a legal holiday to an elective holiday.
According to Title 5 of the US Code, neither Congress or the President has the authority to declare a holiday that must be enforced by the states - Federal holidays are only applicable to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. Each state chooses which holidays it will recognize. Anybody may make suggestions regarding public holidays. The first holidays (declared in 1870) were done so at the urging of "an association of bankers and businessmen"…
What are facts about Alabama Alabama is nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie."Some facts about the state of Alabama include that its nickname is the Cotton State. The largest city in the state is Birmingham and the state has a population of almost five million people. Alabama was the first state in the Untied States to make Christmas an Official Holiday