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1 American Federal Holidays

2 Introduction 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.

3 Dr. Martin Luther King (the third Monday of every January)

4 Civil rights demonstration, August 28, 1963 in front of the Lincoln Memorial

5 Washington’s birthday or “Presidents Day” (third monday in February)
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6 George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
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8 Memorial Day in Arlington National Cemetery (last Monday in May)

9 Memorial Day Parade

10 Independence Day (July 4)

11 July 4 is a day of picnics and parades, a night of concerts and fireworks.

12 A Free and Independent Nation

13 Labor Day (first Monday of September)

14 Columbus Day (second Monday in October)

15 Columbus Day Parade in New York

16 Veterans Day (November 11)


18 Veterans Day Parade

19 Thanksgving Day (fourth Thursday in November)

20 Thanksgiving Day Parade


22 Christmas Day (December 25)


24 Merry Christmas!!!

25 New Year`s Day (January 1)



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