Monday is a statutory holiday in Alabama: Confederate Remembrance Day is April 26

A little-known holiday means Alabama state offices will be closed on Monday, April 26.

Confederate Memorial Day is commemorated on the fourth Monday in April. On this day, state offices and courts, including licensing and labeling offices, are closed. City and county offices, as well as federal buildings and services, and schools will remain open.

The courier will operate normally and the banks will remain open.

Alabama is one of only three states to have public holidays in honor of those who died in the Civil War. The Mississippi commemoration takes place on the last Monday of the month; South Carolina celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on May 10.

Two other states – Texas and Tennessee – also commemorate the day but do not make it a holiday. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day on January 19; Tennessee celebrates Confederate Decorating Day on June 3.

Alabama has three Confederate-related holidays: Robert E. Lee’s birthday on the third Monday in January (celebrated with the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King); Confederate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday in April; and Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s birthday on the first Monday in June.

Confederate Memorial Day dates back to 1866 when the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia passed a resolution to set aside a day to honor Confederate soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. Almost 260,000 Civil War soldiers were killed in the line of duty.

The holiday is usually observed in late April to mark the surrender of the last great Confederate Field Army at Bennett Place on April 26, 1865.

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