American Holidays

Illustration of laptop with man onscreen blowing shofar, next to candles and holiday foods (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Americans blend tradition, creativity for Rosh Hashanah

Learn how Jewish Americans are adapting their holiday rituals to accommodate the observance of Rosh Hashanah during a public health crisis.
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Americans celebrate the 4th of July [video]

The Fourth of July is an honored American holiday, celebrated with fireworks, barbecues and picnics. Learn more about the meaning behind the holiday here.
People watching fireworks next to a reflecting pool on Washington's National Mall (© Carlos Barria/Reuters)

4th of July: Honoring an American tradition [photo gallery]

Americans celebrate the Fourth of July to commemorate the nation's Independence Day. Learn more about the traditions of fireworks and live music here.
Many statues of different people (© Acritely_Photo/Alamy Stock Photo)

Juneteenth: Remembering the end of slavery

Learn about Juneteenth, an African American holiday that celebrates what historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. calls "the shining promise of emancipation."
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.
Line of people and large cross silhouetted at sunrise (© Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Religious celebrations and culture in the U.S.

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
Three champagne glasses filled with grapes (© Larry Crowe/AP Images)

Eat this for good luck in the new year

On New Year's Eve, many people follow traditions and fill up on superstitious dishes they hope will bring them wealth and good fortune in the upcoming year.
People wearing red costumes and dancing (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

Winter holidays in the U.S. [photo gallery]

Dancing and singing, Americans celebrate winter holidays with joyful tunes. This photo gallery shows moments of jubilation across the United States.
Pile of colorful dreidels (© Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and a game called ‘dreidel’

Learn about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.