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.
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Anime’s supersized U.S. audience [video]

Anime and manga — Japanese cartoons and comic books — have attracted fans of all ages in the U.S., leaving an indelible mark on American culture.
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German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
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Inaugural gown previews a first lady’s style [video]

The inaugural gown worn by the first lady offers an initial hint about her fashion sense and helps indicate the tone of the incoming administration.
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The debate over the Confederate flag

More than 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War, the flag of the Confederate army of the South remains a source of controversy in America.

During winter holidays, Americans rejoice, reflect and reach out to those...

American winter holidays are as diverse as the people who celebrate them. But they have a few things in common: reflection and reaching out to the needy.
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Easter traditions in America

Each spring, American Christians celebrate Easter in their homes and churches with time-honored activities including prayer and feasting.
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Why Americans give thanks over a shared meal [video]

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal, and express gratitude for the good things in life.
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Test your knowledge of African-American history [quiz]

How much do you know about African-American achievements in civil rights, technology, sports and more? Test your knowledge and share your results!