Barack Obama Day

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Barack Obama Day
Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg
President Obama
Observed by Illinois
Type Statewide
Date August 4
Frequency annual

Barack Obama Day is a day of recognition that will occur every August 4, starting from 2018, in the state of Illinois for Barack Obama, who was a member of the Illinois Senate from 1997–2004, represented the state in the United States Senate from 2005–2008, and was the President of the United States from 2009–2017. Similar to other commemorative holidays, it is not a legal state holiday, meaning workplaces are not closed on the day, it is held on President Obama's birthday annually. [1]


Perry County, Alabama[edit]

Perry County, Alabama, declared the second Monday of November to be Barack Obama Day.[2]


A first version of the bill planned for the Obama Day celebration to be a state holiday, the bill was introduced by Reps André Thapedi and Sonya Harper but it was rejected by the House in March 2017.[3]

A few months later, Illinois Senate Bill 55 was passed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on August 4, 2017, the bill was introduced to the senate floor by Senator Emil Jones III,[citation needed] and passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly on May 19, 2017 with no votes against it, though several legislators abstained from the vote.[citation needed] It was handed to the governor for approval on June 16 of that year.[4] A previous bill that also designated a holiday for President Obama on his birthday was not passed earlier in 2017, due to economic concerns to it being a legal holiday, the bill was introduced by Representatives Andre Thapedi and Sonya Harper. The latter sponsored the later, successful bill.[5] President Barack Obama is one of four presidents from Illinois, the other three being Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Ulysses S. Grant.

Other recognition days[edit]

Since the United States presidential election of 2008, Obama Day is celebrated annually on November 6 in Kenya, the country from which President Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., originated.[6]

Legislative history[edit]

Session Short description Synopsis as introduced Bill number Date introduced Senate Assembly Governor Sponsors
100th Barack Obama Day Amends the State Commemorative Dates Act. Provides that August 4 of each year is designated as Barack Obama Day. SB 0055 Prefiled December 28, 2016 Passed the Senate 47–0 Passed the House 87–0 Signed into Law by the Governor on August 4, 2017


  1. ^ Carter, Brandon (August 6, 2017). "Illinois makes 'Barack Obama Day' a state holiday". TheHill. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Renamed schools, streets mark early tributes to Obama". USA Today. January 26, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Illinois Lawmakers Reject 'Barack Obama Day': Report". 21 March 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Illinois General Assembly – Bill Status for SB0055". Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Illinois Lawmakers Reject 'Barack Obama Day': Report". NBC Chicago. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kenya declares holiday for Obama". BBC News. November 5, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2017.