Jefferson–Jackson Day

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Not to be confused with Jefferson's Birthday.
President and Mrs. Truman at the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner

Jefferson–Jackson Day is the most common name given to the annual fundraising celebration (dinner) held by Democratic Party organizations in the United States.[1] It is named for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. During presidential election campaigns, certain dinners are considered important venues for candidates to attend.

It is usually held in February or March around the same time as the Republican Party's equivalent Lincoln Day, Reagan Day, or Lincoln–Reagan Day dinners. The Iowa dinner is held in November so as to precede the state's caucuses for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Many state Democratic Parties have used the day to highlight local party leaders. For example, the Democratic Party of Mississippi also honors civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, with a Jefferson–Jackson–Hamer celebration,[2] while the Democratic State Central Committee of Connecticut holds "Jefferson–Jackson–Bailey Day" in honor of state Democratic boss and Democratic National Committee Chairman John Moran Bailey.

The candidates are forbidden to use notes or teleprompters in their speeches.

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