State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide

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10 State and Territory Legal Holidays and Observances
Legal holidays are prescribed by law to commemorate important historical events, religious holidays, or people who have made significant contributions to society. Many of the states and territories recognize federal holidays, but they also add to the list of legal holidays their own special celebrations. Robert E. Lee's Birthday, for example, is a holiday in many southern states. Hawaii celebrates King Kamehameha I Day; Illinois celebrates Casimir Pulaski's Birthday; and Guam celebrates Lady Camarin Day.Observances are not necessarily legal holidays, but days, weeks, or months recognized in the laws of many of the states and territories as worthy of special honor and remembrance. Some state codes may designate a legal holiday also as a special day of observance. Massachusetts sets out some 135 observances in its laws. They include such things as Homeless Unity Day, Armenian Martyrs' Day, Visiting Nurse Association Week, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Day, and Commodore John Barry Day. Taken all together, the observances provide an outline of historical, cultural, and social events in the states and territories.
ALABAMA

Legal Holidays
1. Sunday
2. New Year's Day (January 1)

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • 1 - State and Territory Names and Nicknames 1
  • Notes 19
  • 2 - State and Territory Mottoes 23
  • Notes 35
  • 3 - State and Territory Seals 39
  • Notes 71
  • 4 - State and Territory Flags 73
  • 5 - State and Territory Capitols 103
  • Notes 125
  • 6 - State and Territory Flowers 129
  • Notes 141
  • 7 - State and Territory Trees 145
  • Notes 164
  • 8 - State and Territory Birds 167
  • Notes 194
  • 9 - State and Territory Songs 197
  • Notes 207
  • 10 - State and Territory Legal Holidays and Observances 209
  • Notes 264
  • 11 - State and Territory License Plates 269
  • Notes 290
  • 12 - State and Territory Postage Stamps 295
  • 13 - Miscellaneous Official State and Territory Designations 309
  • Notes 327
  • 14 - State and Territory Fairs and Festivals 331
  • Notes 385
  • Selected Bibliography of State and Territory Histories 389
  • Index 413
  • About the Authors 438
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