American holidays

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.
Little boy wearing Marine uniform standing amid headstones looking down at grave (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

How Arlington became a final resting place for veterans

America honors fallen U.S. soldiers on Memorial Day. Learn more about Arlington National Cemetery, where thousands of them were laid to rest.
Men in costumes reenacting fight in battle (© Andrew Winning/Reuters)

Cinco de Mayo: A celebration of Mexican — and American —...

In 1862, the Mexican Army pushed back a French invasion. Today, it's celebrated as Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. Why? Read more here.
Three children in old photograph (Courtesy of Ambassador Michèle Taylor)

U.S. Ambassador Michèle Taylor, descendant of Holocaust survivors

Ambassador Michèle Taylor, U.S. permanent representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council, shares her family's history during the Holocaust.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan walking through doorway (© 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.
Woman and Jalal Kimia playing dafs (Courtesy of Jalal Kimia)

Americans welcome Nowruz with music [video]

Two Iranian-born, U.S.-based musicians explain how music connects people of different backgrounds as they gather for the Nowruz holiday.
Girls performing an Irish dance in a parade (© Shiho Fukada/AP Images)

Everyone is Irish on March 17

When people think of St. Patrick's Day, they usually think of green clothes, corned beef and parades — none of which are originally Irish!