Robert E. Lee Day

Robert E. Lee Day
Observed by Southern United States
Type Cultural, Southern
Significance Southern Heritage
Date January 19
Next time January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)
Frequency annual
Related to Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Robert E. Lee Day is a holiday marking the birth date of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, observed each year on January 19, Lee's birthday.[1] Because he was a Confederate general, it is mainly celebrated in the Southern United States, particularly Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.[2] Because of its time of year, it is sometimes associated with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.[3][4]

In Florida and Tennessee,[5] it is celebrated on January 19. In Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi it is celebrated on or around January 19. In Georgia, it is celebrated on the 4th Friday of November.[6]

See also


  1. Berkow, Ira (November 10, 1990). "Sports of the Times: Dr. King and the Super Bowl". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. "Robert E. Lee also honored on King Day". MSNBC. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  4. "Robert E. Lee Day". Son of The South. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
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