American holidays

Woman with elaborate face painting (© AP Images)

Americans adopt Day of the Dead traditions

A Mexican holiday honoring the dead has become increasingly popular in the United States, with revelers blending pre-Columbian and Roman Catholic customs.
Woman riding horse, swinging large whip (© Melissa Farlow/National Geographic)

Labor Day in pictures: American women at work

When it was first instituted in 1882, Labor Day was the "workingman's holiday." Take a look at some of the women who make up nearly half the U.S. workforce.
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.
Ship's deck carrying aircraft at sea (DOD/U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael B. Zingaro)

Military members deployed abroad celebrate Independence Day

As American families gather for fireworks and celebrate the U.S. Independence Day, U.S. military personnel deployed overseas celebrate in different ways.
Silk banner depicting Lady Liberty (Smithsonian Institution)

The birth, and endless reinvention, of American democracy

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington uses artifacts and historical treasures to examine the evolution of American democracy.
People with hands raised (© AP Images)

Becoming a U.S. citizen on July 4

Immigrants from around the world will be sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens just as the United States celebrates its birthday on the Fourth of July.
Man lifting child into air (© AP 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 4th complete with food and fireworks.
Fourth of July poster (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Here’s a free poster for the 4th of July

The U.S. marks its Independence Day on July 4, the day in 1776 when founding fathers approved the Declaration of Independence. Check out this poster.
A dancer performing (© AP Images)

In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a day of festivals

Americans celebrate Mexican-American culture on Cinco de Mayo. In this photo gallery, take a spin through these colorful festivals around the U.S.