Holidays in the United States
American holidays: Holidays in bold often see reduced business openings and government services
- January 1 - New Year’s Day – Americans usually celebrate the new year with a family dinner and sports.
- 3rd Monday in January - The contributions of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are remembered.
- February 14 – Valentine’s Day celebrates love, mostly romantic love, with hearts and gifts.
- 3rd Monday in February - Presidents’ Day, marking the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
- March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. A day for people to wear Irish green and have parties.
- March Equinox – Good Friday & Easter Sunday – celebrated by Christians
- April 1 – April Fool’s Day. People play pranks on each other and then say “April Fools!”
- Last Monday in May - Memorial Day - Honors those who have died in military service.
- June 14 - Flag Day - Celebrates the adoption of the American Flag
- July 4 - Independence Day - Americans celebrate their independence from Britain by having picnics, BBQs and firework displays.
- Summer – Ramadan – Muslim month of fasting and Eid Al Fitr feast. Dates change from year to year.
- 1st Monday in September – Labor Day - Celebrates country’s workforce.
- 2nd Tuesday in October - Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day - Celebrates the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492.
- October 31 - Halloween - Americans dress up in costume and exchange various treats.
- November 11 - Veterans' Day - Americans honor those who have served in the military.
- 4th Thursday in November - Thanksgiving - Another distinctive American holiday, dates back to colonial times to celebrate the harvest. Many Americans take the following day, called "Black Friday" off to go shopping.
- December 24-25 - Christmas Eve & Christmas – Big holiday celebrated by Christians, decorations and parties last for whole month of December, many go on holiday/vacations to celebrate with family.
- December 31 - New Year's Eve - Americans Celebrate the New Year with late night parties