Christmas Christmas is December 25. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. People decorate a Christmas tree, and Santa Claus brings presents to children.
New Years Day New Years Day is January 1. People begin celebrating on December 31/ They have parties trough the night. Many peple watch the Rose Bowl football game on TV. In Times Square, in New York, at a minute before midnight, a lighted ball goes down from one of the buildings.
Martin Luther King Day Martin Luther King Day is the third Monday in January. On this day people remember the African-American civil rights leader who fought discrimination against black Americans.
The Chinese New Year The Chinese New Year is in early February. People carry huge, colorful dragons through the streets and play drums and gongs. They also eat traditional Chinese New Year food.
Abraham Linkolns Birthday Abraham Linkolns Birthday is February 12. Abraham Lincoln ( ) was the sixteenth president of the USA. He won the Civil War between the North and South, and this victory put an end to slavery in the USA.
George Washingtons Birthday George Washingtons Birthday is February 22. George Washington ( ) was the first president of the Unites States. During the War of Independece he took command of the Continental Army for eight years, until the colonies won their independence from Britain.
St. Valentines Day St. Valentines Day is February 14. On that day most people send valentines, candy or roses to people they love. Valentines are greeting cards in the form of a heart, or they have hearts, the symbol of love, on them.
St. Patricks Day St. Patricks Day is March 17. Irish Americans remember St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. People wear green. Green is one of the national colors of Irelandand it also means the beginning of the spring. There are parades. People sing and dance, and wear Irish clothes and eat Irish food.
Memorial Day Memorial Day is the last Monday in May. Americans remember the US soldiers who died in wars. Families and individuals remember their loved one who died. People visit cemeteries and put flowers on graves.
Independence Day Independence Day is July 4. It is the United States birthday. People have fun all day long. They can bring their pets to Pet Parade, take part in Bubble Gum / Apple Eating Contest or have a Special United States Birthday Cake Giveaway. The day ends with the States Best Show of GIANT FIREWORKS.
Labor Day Labor Day is the first Monday in September. In 1868 the first labor union to defend workers rights was started. Workers got the rights to an eight-hour workday. Most people do not go to work on Labor Day. They have a free-day weekend. In some Sities there is a parade. Some people go to the beach, and others have a barbecue or a picnic.
Columbus Day Columbus Day is the second Monday in October. On this day Americans remember Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer. He sailes west across the Atlantic to find a faster route to travel to Asia from Europe. On October 11, in 1492, he reached some islands near North America. He thought he was in India and he called the people of the islands Indians.
Halloween Halloween is October 31/ The Celt believed that on this day ghosts walked the earth and mingled with the living. At night people dressed up in costumes and tried to look like souls of the dead. Today people, especially children, still wear costumes on this day and have masquerade parties.
Veterans Day Veterans Day is November 11. On this day Americans give thanks to war veterans for peace. At 11:00 in the morning, most Americans observe a moment of silence to remember those who fought for peace.
Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is November 11. On this day all Americans stay home with their families and eat a big dinner. This is Thanksgiving Day. The pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of The pilgrims first winter in the New World was very difficult. They had arrived too late to grow many crops. Without fresh food half of the pilgrims died. The following spring the Indians taught the pilgrims how to hunt, fish, plant and survive in America. The crops did well and in the fall of 1621 pilgrims had a great harvest. They were thankful and decided to celebrate with a Thanksgiving feast. They prepared a dinner of turkey, corn, beans and pumpkins. They invited their Indian friends to share this feast.