Each country has its share of holidays and traditions. The U.S. has hundreds of celebrations, however, the schedule of public holidays is largely influenced by the federal holiday schedule.
Below is a list of the major holidays celebrated in America in the order they occur.
- New Year’s Day (January) – Also celebrated around the world, this holiday marks the first day of the calendar year.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January) – MLK Jr. was an influential American civil rights leader who fought to end racial segregation.
- Memorial Day (May) – this holiday honors and remembers military personnel who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Independence Day (July) – also known as “4th of July,” this holiday celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States
- Labor Day (September) – a holiday honoring the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America.
- Veteran’s Day (November) – a day honoring military veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Thanksgiving Day (November) – also celebrated in Canada and parts of the Caribbean, this holiday stems from the first harvest and feast between Native Americans and Pilgrims.
- Christmas Day (December) – a religious holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
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