American Holidays

Memorial with granite and fountain (© Efrain Padro/Alamy)

What Memorial Day means to Americans

Memorial Day, a holiday honoring U.S. military members who died in defense of their country, also marks the unofficial start of summer in America.
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‘Nowruz Mubarak!’ U.S. sends Persian New Year greetings [video]

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo send warm greetings to everyone celebrating Nowruz in the U.S. and around the world.
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Washington celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year

See how children and adults participated in traditional Persian New Year activities at the Smithsonian's 11th annual Nowruz celebration.
Color illustration of White House (Shutterstock)

Test your knowledge of U.S. presidents [quiz]

Every February, Americans honor their presidents. Take our quiz to see how much you know about U.S. presidents. Share your results!
Miniature crèche scene with animals (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Holiday treasures at Washington’s National Cathedral

Discover a seasonal treat at Washington's National Cathedral, which offers an annual exhibition of nativity scenes from around the world.
Drawing of workers in different occupations (Shutterstock)

How Labor Day is celebrated in America [video]

The U.S. celebrates Labor Day every year on the first Monday in September. Watch how Americans honor workers on this day.
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.
Close-up view of box of various pastries (Shatila)

Visit this oasis in Michigan for America’s ‘best baklava’

Riad Shatila never forgot the delicious pastries of his youth in Lebanon. Today the late Michigan baker's family still sells what's been called America's best baklava.
Man wearing religious robes at doors of church (© Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/VIEWpress/Getty Images)

Easter traditions in America

Each spring, American Christians celebrate Easter in their homes and churches with time-honored activities including prayer and feasting.