California celebrates Cesar Chavez Day

March 31 is Cesar Chavez Day a state holiday in California.

State offices and some county officers are closed in recognition of Cesar Chavez Day.

Chavez was a civil rights leader and labor movement activist. He fought for farm workers who faced abuse, low pay and inhumane working conditions. He also encouraged Latinos to get out and vote.

He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association — where he led mass boycotts and hunger strikes. Chavez passed away in 1993, but his legacy lives on.

March 31st is Cesar Chavez' birthday and it's also a state holiday in California. The day is intended to promote community service in honor of Chavez's life.

Even though it's not a federal holiday, former President Obama proclaimed March 31st as "Cesar Chavez Day" in the U.S. and there's been an ongoing campaign to make it a national holiday.

What's close:

  • State offices are closed.
  • Sacramento County and Yolo offices are closed.
  • State courts are closed.
  • Sacramento libraries are closed.
  • Sacramento State is closed.

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