There are ten federal holidays, which have been specified by the U.S. government. However, states can choose the way they prefer to observe holidays. For example, some holidays can be observed in one state and not observed by the others. Post offices, banks and other public institutions are usually closed during the holidays.
This is the most popular holiday in the U.S. It is usually celebrated through decorations, which produce different lighting. Friends and family members exchange a wide range of gifts. Most than 6.5 billion greeting cards are printed every year in the U.S.
This holiday alone, account to a sixth of all the turkeys consumed annually. During Thanksgiving, more than 45 million turkeys are consumed as compared to 19 million consumed on Easter and 22 million consumed during Christmas. This is mainly contributed by reduced turkey prices, which occurs during this holiday.
3. Mothers Day
Mothers Day is normally celebrated during the second Sunday of May. It seeks to recognize mothers and motherhood as well as their contribution to the society. The first Mothers Day in the U.S. was celebrated on May 1908 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.
This holiday has the highest church attendance in the country. Easter is also celebrated around the world, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The Friday preceding Easter is known as Good Friday.
5. Independence Day
This one is symbolized by barbecues and fireworks. It is estimated that more than 45% Americans celebrate this holiday, through fireworks. It occurs annually, on the 4th of July. It celebrates the declaration of independence by the Continental Congress.
6. Super Bowl Sunday
Super Bowl Sunday occurs on the last Sunday in January. It can also be held on the first Sunday in February. This is the day when the Super Bowl, an annual championship for the National Football League is played.
7. Father’s Day
This is a celebration to honor fathers, celebrating fatherhood, as well as paternal bonds. It also seeks to celebrate the contribution of fathers in the society. The highest sale of ties and neckwear is observed around this holiday.
Halloween is a time to remember the dead, which includes all the martyrs and saints who died. It is largely a Christian festival. Children move from door to door, receiving treats, wearing various unique costumes.
9. Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is observed on 14 February. It is more of a romantic event. More than 200 million roses are grown annually, to anticipate the huge sales observed during this period. It is a significant commercial and cultural celebration.
10. St. Patrick’s Day
Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, this is a religious and cultural festival, held on 17 March. This public holiday involves public festivals and parades as well as formal gatherings like dances and banquets.
11. New Year’s Day
Commonly known as New Years, this is the first day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. This holiday is also known for recording the highest amount of sales, when it comes to alcoholic drinks.
Unlike other countries, holidays in the U.S. are usually celebrated on the most convenient days. They are mostly combined with weekends, instead of being observed during the middle of the week. Since most people don’t work on Saturdays and Sundays, most holidays are observed on Mondays. However, not all holidays stick to that pattern.