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Holidays in America

In America, not all holidays are the same as the rest of the world. In America, special events are commemorated and celebrated throughout the year. There are special holidays for workers, national heroes and important historical events. Here you can find more information about the history and content of well-known American holidays such as Memorial Day and Independence Day.

New Year’s Day: January 1st
New Year’s Day marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. On this national holiday, people commemorate the past year in America and come up with good intentions for the year that begins.

Martin Luther King Day: third Monday in January
On this holiday, the life and performance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who fought for equal rights and against racial segregation in the United States.

Presidents Day: third Monday of February
Presidents Day is a public holiday in honor of all US presidents. All officials are free this day.

Memorial Day: last Monday in May
On the one hand American soldiers are commemorated, on the other hand it is a public holiday with parades and concerts. Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the tourist season. Americans celebrate this with short holidays during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Independence Day: July 4th
Independence Day celebrates the independence of the United States. There are speeches, parades and ceremonies and many families gather for a concert, picnic or barbecue.

Labor Day: first Monday in September
This holiday is meant to thank workers for their contribution to the American economy and society. Schools and companies are closed. Labor Weekend is seen as the end of the summer season, many Americans go on a weekend trip.

Patriot Day: September 11
On Patriot Day, America commemorates the victims who fell at the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001.

Columbus Day: second Monday in October
On Columbus Day you celebrate (you may already guess) the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. The federal holiday is not celebrated anywhere in the country.

Halloween: October 31st
During this creepy holiday, children dress up through the doors with the slogan ‘trick or treat’. Halloween is also a party for adults.

Veterans Day: November 11
On this day American veterans are honored and thanked for their proven services.

Thanksgiving: fourth Thursday in November
One of America’s most famous festivals. Family and friends come together and enjoy a great meal, often with stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

Christmas: December 25th
Christmas is a Catholic festival where the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated. In most American states one only knows Christmas Day.

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