Inauguration Day

 

The Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

The Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

Inauguration Day

“Inauguration Day became a permanent “legal holiday” in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area a quarter of a century later. The legislation, which was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 11, 1957, also provided that, whenever Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday, the following day would be considered a legal holiday. Traditionally, schools in the area (District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland; Arlington and Fairfax
Counties in Virginia; and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Virginia) had been excused on Inauguration Day. For several previous observances of the event,
as well, “inaugurations arrangements [had] been made for the Federal employees to be given a holiday in order that they [might] observe the historic and important activities associated with the inauguration.” With the passage of this statute, the necessity of acting upon this matter for each inauguration was eliminated.”” Excerpted from Stephen W. Stathis (1999)Federal Holiday: Evolution and Application. CRS Report for Congress