National Freedom Day

If you’ve never heard of National Freedom Day, you’re not alone. This holiday celebrates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a resolution that would become the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and formally abolish slavery. Despite this significance, National Freedom is a lesser-known national holiday.

The idea of National Freedom Day came from educator, businessperson, and former slave Richard R. Wright when he was 86 years old. In February 1942, the first celebration took place at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. 

When President Lincoln signed the resolution, Wright was nine years old. At the time, he was a slave in Georgia.

While many don’t know about National Freedom Day, it is still an important holiday worth celebrating. While this day celebrates freedom from slavery in the United States, many people feel that this is a special day to observe to honor freedom from anything that might be binding or holding them down.

So, whether it’s a release from a bad job, toxic relationship, drug or alcohol addiction, or financial struggle, or if you’re commemorating the original intent of the day, February 1 is a day to celebrate freedom of any kind.

 

Sources

constitutioncenter.org – Why is Feb. 1 designated as National Freedom Day?