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Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A.

Table of Contents
Introduction
National Celebrations:
New Year's Day (January 1)
Martin Luther King Day (Third Monday in January)
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (February 12)
Presidents' Day (Third Monday in February)
George Washington's Birthday (February 22)
Arbor Day (In April or close to April 22 or on that day)
Mother's Day (Second Sunday in May)
Memorial Day(Last Monday in May)
Flag Day (June 14)
Father's Day (Third Sunday in June)
Independence Day (July 4)
Labor Day (First Monday in September)
Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
Veterans' Day (November 11)
Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Religious Celebrations:
Easter (A Sunday between March 22 and April 25)
Fun Days:
St. Valentine's Day (February 14)
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Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A.

April Fool's Day (April 1)
Halloween (October 31)
Ethnic and Regional Celebrations:
Chinese New Year (Sometime between January 21 - February 19) Mardi Gras (February/March)
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Cinco De Mayo(May 5)
Native American Pow-Wows (March - August)
Other American Celebrations

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Celebrate! Holidays In The U.S.A. - Introduction

Celebrate! Holidays In The U.S.A.

Introduction
CELEBRATE! HOLIDAYS IN THE U.S.A. is an introductory survey of the historical and social background of American holidays.
People in every culture celebrate holidays. Although the word "holiday" literally means "holy day," most American holidays are not religious, but commemorative in nature and origin. Because the nation is blessed with rich ethnic heritage it is possible to trace some of the American holidays to diverse cultural sources and traditions, but all holidays have taken on a distinctively American flavor. In the United States, the word "holiday" is synonymous with "celebration! " In the strict sense, there are no federal (national) holidays in the United States. Each of the 50 states has jurisdiction over its holidays. In practice, however, most states observe the federal ("legal or public ") holidays, even though the President and Congress can legally designate holidays only for federal government employees.

Ten holidays per year are proclaimed by the federal government. They are as follows: New Year's Day
(January 1 )
Martin Luther King Day (traditional - January 15)
(official - third Monday in January)
Presidents' Day
(traditional - February 12 & February 22)
(official - third Monday in February)
Memorial Day
(traditional - May 30)
(official - last Monday in May)
Independence Day
(July 4)
Labor Day
(first Monday in September)
Columbus Day
(traditional - October 12)
(official - second Monday in October)
Veterans' Day
(traditional - November 11)
(official - second Monday in November)
Thanksgiving Day
(fourth Thursday in November)
Christmas Day
(December 25)
In 1971, the dates of many federal holidays were officially moved to the nearest Monday by then-President Richard Nixon. There are four holidays which are not necessarily celebrated on Mondays: Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Day, Independence Day and Christmas Day. When New Year's Day, Independence Day, or Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the next day is also a holiday. When one of these holidays falls on a Saturday, the previous day is also a holiday. Federal government offices, including the post office, are always closed on all federal holidays. Schools and businesses close on major holidays like Independence...
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