American holidays

2 people dressed as Pilgrims sitting atop turkey float in parade (© Charles Sykes/AP Images)

A photographic history of America’s Thanksgiving parade

Did you know that the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has European origins? Learn more about this and other interesting parade facts.
Hands adjusting medal around man's neck (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Veterans Day recognizes U.S. military service, heroism

Honoring U.S. military veterans each year on Veterans Day is a tradition that began in 1954, when the federal holiday was created.
Children wearing costumes trick-or-treating (© David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

Halloweening for a special cause

Trick-or-treating goes digital in 2022 with UNICEF's campaign to raise money for children all over the world. Just scan the QR code and go!
Woman holding shofar as girl blows on it in front of mountain (© Nathan Bilow/AP Images)

A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

Learn about the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is part of a series on the ways Americans observe religious holidays.
Graphic with photos of men and women representing workers in different fields (Photos: © Shutterstock.com. Graphic: State Dept./B. Insley)

It’s Labor Day, and unions are having a moment

Labor unions are seeing landmark victories as U.S. workers in warehouses, restaurants and coffee shops vote to unionize. What's going on?
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?
Couple embracing while watching fireworks (© John Minchillo/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.
People marching in Fourth 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.
Two women dressed in dark blue, wearing hats (© Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP Images)

How cities across the U.S. observe Juneteenth [photo gallery]

Learn how the Juneteenth holiday began and how it honors past generations of African Americans while looking ahead to the future.