Woman with Iranian flag painted on cheek amid crowd of cheering fans (© Laura McDermott/State Dept.)

Iranian volleyball fans cheer for their team in Chicago

The U.S. welcomed Iran's men's volleyball team to a championship tournament in Chicago, and Iranian-American fans turned out in force.
Pompeo quote on Iran's crackdown on religious minorities, photo of woman lighting candles (© Ebrahim Norooz/AP Images)

Persecution of the faithful in Iran

The State Department shines a spotlight on the Iranian regime's deadly suppression of religious freedom among its citizens.
Portrait of dark-haired woman with long Indian-beadwork earrings (© Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Meet Joy Harjo, the new U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo, a Native American poet, playwright and musician, has been named the new U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress.
Forth of July parade (© Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register/Getty Images)

The 4th of July in pictures: The USA’s biggest birthday party

What's a holiday everyone can celebrate? In the U.S., one is Independence Day, celebrated each July 4, complete with food and fireworks.
Illustration of fireworks on the National Mall (State Dept./D. Thompson)

A lot of history happened on July 4

On July 4, 1776, America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Do you know about other events in U.S. history that fell on the Fourth?
Fireworks exploding behind the U.S. Capitol (© AP Images)

Fireworks light up the sky on the 4th of July [video]

Every year on July 4, communities across the U.S. gather to watch patriotic-themed fireworks in celebration of Independence Day.
Drawing of student using diploma as megaphone (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Study in the U.S. … and speak out

What rights do international students have? The right to free speech lets every student in the U.S. ask big questions in and out of the classroom.
Family eating at table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Uighurs in America celebrate Ramadan

In America, Uighur Muslims celebrate Ramadan and observe Islamic traditions. However, in Xinjiang, China, these practices are illegal.
Military honor guard marching in formation at WWII memorial (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

A Washington memorial to shared heroism

A great alliance joined forces against fascism 70 years ago. The World War II Memorial in Washington commemorates a time of heroism and sacrifice.