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Federal and state governments designated legal holidays not for purposes of enjoyment, but as days on which certain business could not be conducted, such as presenting bills of exchange, bank checks, drafts, and promissory notes, either for payment and acceptance, or for protesting and giving notice to dishonor them.

In 1880, Maryland added Good Friday and the day of general elections to its list of legal holidays, which included New Year's Day, Washington's Birthday (February 22), July 4th, and Christmas Day, as well as any day of public thanksgiving, or prayer and humiliation proclaimed by the Governor or General Assembly (Chapter 426, Acts of 1880).

The list of legal holidays formerly found in the Maryland Code as Article 13 - Bills of Exchange and Promissory Notes was repealed as obsolete and duplicative in 1997 (Chapter 31, Acts of 1997). Currently, legal holidays are noted in Article 1, section 27, of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

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