The Observance of National Freedom Day

February 1st, 2017

National Freedom DayNational Freedom Day is celebrated on February 1. It dates back to 1865 when the national leader Abraham Lincoln defined his determination to propose the 13 Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

This holiday was made into law in the 1940s. The remembrance of this day first happened on the 1 of February in 1942, but only in 1948 on the 30th of June it was announced as the official National Freedom Day in the United States.

The observance and celebration of National Freedom Day in 1947 and 1948 included social events at Congress Hall and Independence Hall as well as parades and gatherings.

National Holiday in 1949

The first time National Freedom Day was officially celebrated in 1949 following the declaration of Harry S. Truman, who was the president of the United States at that time. It was a timely decision to make National Freedom Day a national occasion because it reflected worldwide attention in regards to social liberties during the beginning of Cold War. Traditional activities of National Freedom Day included wreath-laying at the Liberty Bell as well as honoring grants, festive dinners, and observances by understudies at Dauphin Streets, Twenty-Seventh Streets, and Richard R. Wright School. It’s necessary to admit that National Freedom Day is a less popular national occasion than Martin Luther King Day, Juneteenth, and Black History Month.

What are the Rituals?

The typical rituals on National Freedom Day are usually the following:

  • wreath-laying at the Liberty Bell
  • the announcement by the president of the United States
  • movie displays, writing gatherings, lunch meetings, incorporate yearly breakfasts, musical diversion etc.
  • instructive foundations often use this holiday as a chance to open a class dialog, readings, and other activities that give the opportunity to discuss the importance of that day in the history of the United States
  • for some people it’s a great time to advance cooperative attitude

As a commemoration of National Freedom Day, in 2010 president Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

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