National Freedom Day in the U.S.

National Freedom Day (National Freedom Day) is celebrated in the United States annually February 1. On this day in 1865, U.S. President (Abraham Lincoln) signed a congressional resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution 13th Amendment on the abolition of slavery.

Congress resolution on making the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was: "Neither the United States nor in any other place that is subject to their authority, there should be no slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime, one for which the guilty should be duly convicted».

This amendment was ratified December 18 in 1865, and National Freedom Day was first marked by February 1, 1942, although at the time the holiday has not yet been formally established.

Liberty Bell in Washington, DC (Photo: Yehuda Boltshauser, Shutterstock) Since then it has become a tradition to lay a wreath at the Liberty Bell (Liberty Bell) — one of the symbols of independence and freedom in the United States. on June 30 1948 president in 1640, Harry Truman (Harry Truman) signed the document, which was proclaimed the official celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1.

National Freedom Day is widely celebrated in all states, but it is not a public holiday. The ceremony of laying a wreath at the Liberty Bell invariably takes place every year. Other activities include music shows, theatrical performances, screenings of documentaries and feature films, literary readings — they are all united by the theme of freedom.