TOP 15 Most Popular Holidays in the United States
TOP 15 Most Popular Holidays in the United States
1. ThanksGiving Day
When: Thanksgiving Day in America celebrated on Fourth Thursday in November . Thanksgiving Day 2021 is on Thursday, November 25, 2021. Thanksgiving Day 2020 is on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Thanksgiving Day gives a chance for the Americans to plan a four-day long weekend. It is celebrated since 1621marking the arrival of Puritans in Massachusetts.
Thanksgiving Day is the day with the highest food consumption of the year. It is followed by Black Friday which marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and has become the busiest shopping day and the day with the highest retail turnover of the year in the United States.
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2. Independence Day
As this is a Federal holiday, not only will schools and libraries be closed, most federal and state offices will be closed and there will be no mail deliveries on Independence Day. Independence Day is the most patriotic and enthusiastically celebrated of all America's holidays. There will be parades, barbeques, picnics and fireworks throughout the country.
It is a federal holiday and also a holiday in all 50 states and other US territories on July 4th.
On this day in 1776, the declaration of independence was signed. Citizens enjoy parades and plan picnics and fireworks.
3. Martin Luther King Day
People pay tribute to the Rev.Martin Luther King an African American who fought against civil rights. It is observed on January 15th, 1986.
Each year on the third Monday of January (2021 Monday, Jan 18), America honors the birth, life, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As this is a Federal holiday, not only will schools and libraries be closed, most federal and state offices will be closed and there will be no mail deliveries on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
4. President’s Day - Washington's Birthday
Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. However, records show that George Washington's birthday is on February 22
It is a public holiday in the US in remembrance of the past presidents. Nonetheless, many businesses are open as usual and many stores hold sales on Washington's Birthday. Many delivery services, except for the Post Office, have a regular service and many, but not all, public transit systems operate on regular schedules. Some schools close for the whole week for a mid-winter recess.
5. Memorial Day
It is a holiday on fourth Monday of May for honoring the dead. Memorial Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half staff from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
|Troop 37 Assistant scout master and veteran of the 101st Airborne Rich Gundacker helps place American flags on veteran gravestones for Memorial Day. May 23, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)|
|Americans celebrate US federal holidays that are designated by the United States Congress which is different from the holidays of other countries. Congress is the only body that has the authority to declare holidays in the US.|
6. Veterans Day
November 11 is observed as Veterans Day to pay homage to Americans who had served in World War 1. Parades are organized and the president of the country place a wreath on the tomb of unknowns in Arlington.
What’s the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
*Memorial Day traces its roots back the tradition of Decoration Day in the 1860s, in which the graves of war dead were decorated with flowers. Decoration Day was observed in both the North and South in the days following the Civil War.
Memorial Day is a time set aside for remembering and honoring military personnel that died in the service of their country, particularly those killed in battle.
Memorial Day has a special flag tradition as well. On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half staff from sunrise until noon, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset in honor of the nation’s battle heroes.
*Veterans Day is on Nov. 11, a tradition that marks the end of World War I. The day was later expanded to include veterans of all wars, both living and dead.
Veterans Day honors all those who served in the U.S. military, whether in war or peacetime.
Easter in the United States is celebrated in both religious and secular ways. In many communities, the Christian aspect of the holiday—honored by Passion Plays and church services—is combined with visits from the Easter Bunny, parades, and hunting for candy-filled eggs.
When Is Easter? The exact date of Easter is dependent on the lunar calendar. It falls on the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the vernal equinox, which places it sometime between late March and mid-April each year.
- Easter 2020: April 12
- Easter 2021: April 4
- Easter 2022: April 17
8. Christmas Day
25 December the birthday of Christ is celebrated by decorating houses with stars, lights and Christmas trees. It is a religious holiday for the Christian community.
|Christmas Day in the United States|
Many Americans, especially Christians will go to Church to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Many churches have special Christmas Carol services and events where the story of Christmas is told.
In New England (the American States of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine), there are shops called 'Christmas Shops' that only sell Christmas decorations and toys all the year round!
Americans also send out Christmas Cards, like Carol singing and there's the unusual custom of the Christmas Pickle!
People in America like to decorate the outsides of their houses with lights and sometimes even statues of Santa Claus, Snowmen and Reindeer. Some cookies and glass of milk are often left out as a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve!
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9. New Year Day
January 1st is celebrated as the New year day. It is a festival where celebration begins the night before. People party, have fun and wish one another Happy New year.
Most New Year’s festivities begin on December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of January 1 (New Year’s Day). Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks displays.
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When you were a kid it was all about the candy. And it still is, just a different kind.
Halloween in the U.S. comprises over-the-top costumes, homes dripping in skeletons and jack-o'-lanterns, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, street parties, and parades from Los Angeles to New York. Every city puts its own spin on the classics, though, of course.
In 2020, many events have been altered or canceled. In 2021, Halloween and Covid-19?
|Halloween Day in America|
11. Valentine’s Day
In many places, Valentine’s Day is for couples, for romantic love only. Not in the USA!
In the USA, Valentine’s Day is a big event at schools. In elementary school, kids exchange Valentine’s cards. Each kid will make a special box, and every student in the class will put a small Valentine’s card in the box of every other kid in the class.
Adults also exchange Valentine’s Day gifts and cards with family and friends.
12. St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is officially observed on March 17 each year, though celebrations may not be limited to this date. The significance of March 17 is that it’s said to be the date of St. Patrick’s death in the late 5th century.
Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He is credited with successfully spreading Christianity throughout Ireland—hence the Christian celebration of his life and name.
Many people wear an item of green clothing on the day. Parties featuring Irish food and drinks that are dyed in green food color are part of this celebration. It is a time when children can indulge in sweets and adults can enjoy a “pint” of beer at a local pub. Many restaurants and pubs offer Irish food or drink.
13. MLK Day
On the third Monday of January every year, the federal government closes up shop for a day to honor civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. — who was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. While the nation recognizes King as an "icon for democracy" today, in the 1960s and 1970s, he was still a controversial figure.
|The civil rights leader Martin Luther King waves to supporters at the National Mall in Washington, Aug. 28, 1963.|
It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background.
Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism.
In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.
14. Labor Day
Labor Day, is a legal holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Canal Zone, and the Virgin Islands. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
There is a tradition of not wearing white after Labor Day. This fashion faux pas dates back to the late Victorian era. The Emily Post Institute explains that white indicated you were still in vacation mode, so naturally when summer ended so did wearing white.
15. Columbus Day
It is celebrated on second Monday of October in remembrance of the Christopher Columbus who landed in the new world on October 12, 1492.
It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937.
This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples. Columbus Day is a public holiday in some areas (see list below), where it is a day off and schools and most businesses are closed. In other areas, Columbus Day is a normal working day.
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