National Thomas Jefferson Day is celebrated on April 13 of every year. The day is observed to honor the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson born on April 13, 1743. It is an annual national legal observance on April 13. Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of U.S. Declaration of Independence and was also nation’s first secretary of state, second vice president. He is believed to have had an extensive library with almost 6,500 books. He was also a lawyer, scientist of agriculture, paleontology, and astronomy. He was always a curious learner and an interesting person to study about.
“Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.” – Ronald Reagan
History of National Thomas Jefferson Day
Franklin D. Roosevelt, by Presidential Proclamation 2276 issued on March 21, 1938, officially announced April 13 as a day to remember the birth of Thomas Jefferson. On April 11, 2007, President George W. Bush issued Presidential Proclamation 8124 and stated that
“On Thomas Jefferson Day, we commemorate the birthday of a monumental figure whose place in our Nation’s history will always be cherished.”
Other Celebrations on April 13
April 13 is also celebrated as
How to celebrate the day
National Thomas Jefferson Day is celebrated by community groups, organizations, and also by venues dedicated to the president. One can visit the center at Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Often public ceremonies, leadership awards, and functions will be held on Jefferson’s birthday. Many educational games and other activities will be organized for kids. The best way to observe the day is by reading and knowing about him. You can also spend some time reading his books and achievements. Post pictures and share National Thomas Jefferson Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #ThomasJeffersonDay.
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