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Emancipation Day


Procrastinators – wondering why your taxes are not due until tomorrow?

Since 2005, April 16 has been recognized as an official public holiday in Washington, DC. The April 16 Emancipation Day holiday commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 signing of the Compensatory Emancipation Act.¬† Weeks before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Compensatory Emancipation Act abolished slavery in Washington, DC by compensating slave owners¬† for the release of their slaves — up to $300 per slave. The bill also set aside money to pay newly freed slave up to $100 to leave the US to colonize elsewhere (e.g. Liberia or Haiti).

If you’re in the northeast, you might also be observing Patriot’s Day. The third Monday in April is a Massachusetts and Maine state holiday commemorating¬† the Battles of Concord and Lexington, which marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Of course, if you want to live every day like it’s a holiday: here’s a list of April holidays, courtesy of the kids at ThinkQuest.

April 1 : One Cent Day
April 2 : National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
April 3 : Tweed Day and Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
April 4 : Tell-A-Lie Day
April 5 : Go For Broke Day
April 6 : Sorry Charlie Day
April 7 : No Housework Day
April 8 : All Is Ours Day
April 9 : Winston Churchill Day and Name Yourself Day
April 10 : Golfers Day
April 11 : Eight-Track Tape Day
April 12 : Look Up At The Sky Day
April 13 : Blame Somebody Else Day
April 14 : National Pecan Day
April 15 : Rubber Eraser Day
April 16 : National Stress Awareness Day and National Eggs Benedict Day
April 17 : National Cheeseball Day
April 18 : International Jugglers Day
April 19 : Garlic Day
April 20 : Look Alike Day
April 21 : Kindergarten Day
April 22 : National Jelly Bean Day
April 23 : Read Me Day and World Laboratory Animal Day
April 24 : National Pigs In A Blanket Day
April 25 : National Zucchini Bread Day
April 26 : Richter Scale Day and National Pretzel Day
April 27 : Tell A Story Day
April 28 : Great Poetry Reading Day and Kiss-Your-Mate Day
April 29 : National Shrimp Scampi Day
April 30 : National Honesty Day