American Celebrations & Holidays

American Celebrations & Holidays
Holiday

Every country and every culture has its own traditional celebrations and festivities. Many of these celebrations have existed for centuries and have been passed down and observed, even when people have forgotten the original reason for the event.

New Years Eve (January 1)

New Years Eve (January 1)

In the United States, people begin celebrating the New Year on December 31, New Years Eve.

Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday in January)

Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday in January)

Martin Luther King Day honors the life and legacy of one of the visionary leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Peace.

President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)

President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)

This federal holiday is formally called “Washington’s Birthday” and is celebrated on the third Monday in February.

Memorial Day (4th Monday in May)

Memorial Day (4th Monday in May)

Memorial Day is a holiday to honor the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country.

Independence Day (July 4)

Independence Day (July 4)

Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, officially breaking bonds with England and forming a new independent nation, the United States of America.

Labor Day (1st Monday of September)

Labor Day (1st Monday of September)

Labor Day was established as a holiday for workers, both as a tribute to their contributions to the nation, and as a means of bringing more public awareness to their struggles.

Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)

Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)

Columbus Day is a legal federal holiday that commemorates the first voyage of Christopher Columbus, who sailed west from Spain in 1492 and reached the islands of present day Bahamas.

Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)

Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)

In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing.

Veterans Day (November 11th)

Veterans Day (November 11th)

On this holiday, Americans remember war veterans and the trials and hardships they experienced.

Christmas (December 25)

Christmas (December 25)

Christmas is a joyful holiday of Christian origin that is recognized by many people in the United States.

Native American Pow-Wows (March – August)

Native American Pow-Wows (March – August)

A Pow-Wow is a large social gathering of Native American tribes and individuals.

Earth Day(April 22) & Arbor Day(Last Friday in April)

Earth Day(April 22) & Arbor Day(Last Friday in April)

Both Arbor Day and Earth Day focus on the environment.

Mother’s Day(2nd Sunday in May) & Father’s Day(3rd Sunday in June)

Mother’s Day(2nd Sunday in May) & Father’s Day(3rd Sunday in June)

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and Father’s Day is recognized on the third Sunday in June.

Flag Day (June 14)

Flag Day (June 14)

National Flags are not merely symbols of a country; their colors and designs convey past history and future goals.

Juneteenth (June 19)

Juneteenth (June 19)

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration in the nation to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

Halloween (October 31)

Halloween (October 31)

Halloween originated, in part, as a celebration connected with evil spirits and the dead.

Black History Month (February)

Black History Month (February)

One aim of Black History Month is to expose the harmful effects of racial prejudice; another is to recognize significant contributions made by people with African heritage, including artists, musicians, scientists, political figures, educators, and athletes.

Women’s History Month (March)

Women’s History Month (March)

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March with special programs and activities in schools, workplaces, and communities.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May)

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May)

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month originated with a congressional bill.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year.