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This Day in Georgia History

November 11, 1918

Georgians Celebrated End of World War I

Fighting in World War One came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. Word reached Georgia that morning and the celebrations began. Gov. Hugh Dorsey closed all state offices and declared the day a state holiday. Atlanta mayor Candler gave city employees the afternoon off, while city schools held patriotic ceremonies before releasing students. Many Atlanta-area business closed for the day. All day long, downtown Atlanta was filled with crowds and impromptu parades. Similar celebrations were held throughout the state as Georgians rejoiced at the end of what had been labeled “the war to end all wars.”