Can Holiday: Thomas Jefferson Day – April 13


Origin

Presidential Proclamation 2276 on March 21, 1938 declared April 13th to be Thomas Jefferson Day. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, was born on April 13, 1743.

How to Celebrate

Today is a good day to remember some of Thomas Jefferson’s accomplishments. Here are a few:

  • 3rd President of the United States
  • 2nd Vice President of the United States
  • 1st Secretary of State of the United States
  • Wrote the 1st draft of the Declaration of Independence
  • Made the “Louisiana Purchase”
  • Initiated the Lewis and Clark expedition
  • Founded the University of Virginia

If you have some change, you can take a look at a nickel (1938 – present). Thomas Jefferson is on the front and his home, Monticello, is on the back (except during 2004 – 2005). Thomas Jefferson is also on the two dollar bill with either Monticello or the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the back. This bill is rare to see in normal everyday circulation, but it is real currency and when used, it often confuses cashiers, especially those of the younger generation.

The Can

1976 Canada Dry Ginger Ale Can

1976 Canada Dry Ginger Ale Can

To honor this day we are featuring the 1976 Canada Dry Ginger Ale can with none other than Thomas Jefferson himself on it. This can is part of Canada Dry’s American Bicentennial 1776 – 1976 Patriot Series of cans. Underneath the picture of Thomas Jefferson are his birth year “1743″, the year of his death “1826″, the words, “Thomas Jefferson Drafter of the Declaration of Independence; third President of the United States – 1801 – 1809″, and the official bicentennial symbol.

Happy Thomas Jefferson Day (4/13)!

Photo used by permission of CanMuseum.com