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American Holidays

The American calendar is filled with numerous holidays. The following table shows some of the more popular holidays. Important national holidays have been indicated in bold face. Most non-essential government offices will be closed on these days. (Fire, Ambulance and Police are always open.) Banks and post offices also tend to be closed on these days, and many businesses will give their employees the day off.

HolidayDate
New Year's DayJanuary 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayThird Monday in January
Ground Hog DayFebruary 2
Valentine's DayFebruary 14
President's DayThird Monday in February
St. Patrick's DayMarch 17
April Fool's DayApril 1
Patriots DayThird Monday in April
Good FridayFriday before Easter Sunday
Mother's DaySecond Sunday in May
Memorial DayLast Monday in May
Flag DayJune 14
Father's DayThird Sunday in June
Independence DayJuly 4
Labor DayFirst Monday in September
Columbus DaySecond Monday in October
HalloweenOctober 31
Election DayTuesday after the first Monday in November
Federal holiday in years divisible by 4
Veterans DayNovember 11
ThanksgivingFourth Thursday in November
Christmas DayDecember 25

It is also important to be aware of the holidays of people of other religious faiths. For example, important Jewish holidays include Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkoth, Chanukah, and Passover. Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and Sukkoth occur in the fall. Chanukah occurs in December, near Christmas. Passover occurs in March or April, near Easter.

 

 
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