USA Federal Holidays and Celebrations
Holiday and Travel
Work schedules may or may not be affected by these holidays.
- New Year's Day, January 1st.
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, third Monday in January.
- Inauguration Day, January 20th every four years, starting in 1937.
- Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February since 1971; prior to that year, it was celebrated on the traditional date of February 22.
- Inauguration Day, March 4th every four years, pre-1937.
- Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May.
- Memorial Day, last Monday in May since 1971; from 1868 to 1970 it was celebrated on May 30, and was called Decoration Day for part of that time.
- Flag Day, June 14th.
- United States of America's Independence Day, July 4.
- Labor Day, first Monday in September.
- Columbus Day, second Monday in October (federal holiday since 1971).
- Election Day, Tuesday on or after November 2.
- Veterans Day, November 11th (except from 1971 to 1977, inclusive, when it was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October; formerly known as Armistice).
- Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November.
- Christmas Day, December 25th. I have finally included this since it is a federal holiday, although it is not based on a secular holiday.
These usually don't affect work schedules.
- Groundhog Day, February 2.
- Lincoln's Birthday, February 12.
- Valentine's Day, February 14.
- Washington's Birthday, February 22.
- St. Patrick's Day, March 17.
- April Fools's Day, April 1.
- Earth Day, April 22 (since 1970)
- Administrative Assistants' Day, which once upon a time was Secretaries' Day, is the Wednesday of the last full week of April (that is, the Wednesday before the last Saturday in April) since 1955.
- Arbor Day is often the last Friday in April (since 1872), but since planting conditions vary, it may occur from September to May; please consult the National Arbor Day Foundation's list of Arbor Day Dates.
- Mothers' Day, second Sunday in May.
- Fathers' Day, third Sunday in June.
- Parents' Day, fourth Sunday in July.
- Grandparents' Day, Sunday after Labor Day.
- Columbus Day (traditional), October 12.
- United Nations Day, October 24.
- Halloween, October 31.
In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards, or offering candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day.
According to Jewish tradition the 15th day of the month of Av - Tu B'Av (usually late August) is the festival of love. In ancient times girls would wear white dresses and dance in the vineyards, where the boys would be waiting for them (Mishna Taanith end of Chapter 4). In modern Israeli culture this is a popular day to pronounce love, propose marriage and give gifts like cards or flowers.
Judaism sets aside certain holidays and days of remembrance as holy days. These holy days are scheduled according to the Jewish calendar. A Jewish holy day or festival is a day or series of days observed by Jews as a holy or secular commemoration of an important event in Jewish history.
Father's Day Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day. While listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day.
Memorial Day Weekend In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also a time for picnics, family gatherings, and sporting events. Some Americans also view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer.