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Holidays in the United States of America

 

 

 

Contents

 

Introduction (Only names)1

 

New Years Day4

 

Martin Luther Kings Day.5

 

Presidents Day..7

 

Memorial Day...12

 

Independence Day.14

 

Labour Day ...16

 

Columbus Day...18

 

Veterans Day.20

 

Thanksgiving Day.21

 

Christmas...25

 

St.Valentines Day28

 

April Fools Day30

 

Halloween..30

 

Easter.32

 

Conclusion.34

 

1. Only names

 

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 flavour. 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.

 

The following holidays per year are proclaimed by the federal

government.

 

New Year's Day January, 1

 

Martin Luther King Day third Monday in January

 

Presidents' Day third Monday in February

 

Memorial Day last Monday in May

 

Independence Day July, 4

 

Labour 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

 

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 Day and Christmas

Day but may not always be closed, for example, on Presidents' Day or

Veterans' Day.

 

Federal holidays are observed according to the legislation of individual

states. The dates of these holidays, and others, are decided upon by

each state government, not by the federal (national) government. Each

state can agree on the same date that the President has proclaimed, such

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