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Irish-American Heritage Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide

Executive Branch Documents

Presidential proclamations and executive orders have been used by presidents to rule on substantive issues of law; to administrate the executive branch of government; and to make general announcements to the public. These general announcements, which exhort the public to observe a holiday such as Thanksgiving or honor a particular group of citizens as in National Black History Month, are usually issued in the form of a presidential proclamation. On many occasions, Congress will pass a law specifically requesting the president to take certain action proclaiming the recognition of a particular group of citizens, such as Jewish or Hispanic Americans.

Presidential Proclamations as well as Presidential statements, messages and remarks on Irish-American Heritage Month can be searched from the Government Publishing Office’s advanced search page in the collections for the Code of Federal Regulations, the Compilation of Presidential Documents, and the Federal Register.

In order to search for other Presidential Proclamations on the annual observances of Irish-American Heritage Month, one can browse the American Presidency Project External by selecting the year and clicking on the "Apply" button.

Listed below are links to examples of Presidential Proclamations for Irish-American Heritage Month along with citations to the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) or the Federal Register (Fed. Reg.), the official publications for presidential proclamations.