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Amerifun's informal informative holidays page:

Basic list of holidays as seen on a 2009 calendar:
January 1 New Year's Day 
January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday of January, traditionally Jan. 15) 
February 1 Super Bowl Sunday (currently the first Sunday of February) 
February 2 Groundhog Day 
February 14 Valentine's Day 
February 16 Presidents Day (officially George Washington's Birthday; 3rd Monday of February, traditionally Feb. 22) 
February 25 Ash Wednesday (Christian; moveable based on Easter) 
March 17 St. Patrick's Day 
March 20 Vernal Equinox (based on sun) 
April 1 April Fools' Day 
April 5 Palm Sunday (Christian; Sunday before Easter) 
April 9 First day of Passover (Jewish; moveable based on Jewish calendar) 
April 10 Good Friday (Christian; Friday before Easter) 
April 12 Easter Sunday (Christian; moveable; Sunday after first full moon during spring) 
April 13 Easter Monday (Christian; Monday after Easter) 
April 16 Last Day of Passover (Jewish; moveable, based on Jewish Calendar) 
April 20 Patriot's Day/Marathon Monday (New England and Wisconsin only)(3rd Monday of April) 
April 22 Earth Day 
April 24 Arbor Day (last Friday of April) 
May 5 Cinco De Mayo (Mexican holiday often observed in US) 
May 10 Mother's Day (2nd Sunday of May), 
May 25 Memorial Day (last Monday of May, traditionally May 30) 
May 31 Pentecost Sunday (Christian; 49 days after Easter) 
June 14 Flag Day 
June 21 Father's Day (3rd Sunday of June), Summer Solstice (based on sun) 
July 4 Independence Day 
August 22 First day of Ramadan (Islamic, moveable based on Lunar calendar) 
September 7 Labor Day (first Monday of September) 
September 19 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish; moveable, based on Jewish calendar) 
September 20 Last day of Ramadan (Islamic, moveable based on Lunar calendar) 
September 21 Eid-al-Fitr/Day after the end of Ramadan (Islamic, moveable, based on lunar calendar) 
September 22 Autumnal equinox (based on sun) 
September 28 Yom Kippur (Jewish, moveable, 9 days after first day of Rosh Hashanah) 
October 3 First day of Sukkot (Jewish; moveable, 14 days after Rosh Hashanaah) 
October 9 Leif Erikson Day, Last Day of Sukkot (Jewish) 
October 10 Simchat Torah (Jewish; moveable, 22 days after Rosh Hashanah) 
October 12 Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October, traditionally Oct. 12) 
October 30 Mischief Night 
October 31 Halloween 
November 1 All Saints Day 
November 11 Veterans Day 
November 26 Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November) 
November 27 Black Friday (Friday after Thanksgiving Day) 
December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 
December 12 First day of Hanukkah (Jewish; moveable, based on Jewish calendar) 
December 19 Last day of Hanukkah (Jewish; moveable, based on Jewish Calendar) 
December 21 Winter Solstice (based on sun) 
December 24 Christmas Eve (Christian) 
December 25 Christmas Day (Christian) 
December 26 First day of Kwanzaa (Kwanzaa is celebrated until January 1, 2010) 
December 31 New Year's Eve

The federal holidays (which are days off from work for federal employees) are New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. The official list can be found here (http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/index.asp)

These holidays are not necessarily days off from work for private sector workers. Most private sector businesses close for only the "Big 6" holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Many also close on the Friday after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday), which is not an official holiday, but is commonly granted to private sector workers. Some private businesses may also close for one or more other federal holidays (most commonly either Martin Luther King Day, or Presidents Day).

When a federal holiday falls on Sunday, most federal workers who work a Mon-Fri workweek will observe the holiday on Monday. When a federal holiday falls on Saturday, most federal workers who work a Mon-Fri workweek will observe the holiday on Friday. Workers who normally work on Saturday (such as mail carriers) will observe the holiday on Saturday; Friday will be a regular work day.

In state and local governments, and in the private sector, practices vary when a holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday. In general, most states and private sector workers will observe a holiday that falls on Sunday on Monday. However, that is not universal. Some states and private sector workers will observe a Saturday holiday on Friday, but that is less common than observing the Sunday holidays on Monday. Occasionally, a state or private sector worker will observe a Saturday holiday on Monday, but that is even less common than Friday. Many state workers and private sector workers (in particular, employees at a bank normally closed on Saturdays) do not get any day off when a holiday falls on Saturday, and are "cheated" out of the holiday. Occasionally, a floating holiday may be given in lieu of a Saturday holiday.

Strictly speaking, the United States does not have national holidays (i.e., days where all employees in the U.S. receive a day free from work and all business is halted). The U.S. Federal Government can only recognize national holidays that pertain to its own employees; it is at the discretion of each state or local jurisdiction to determine official holiday schedules. There are eleven such "Federal holidays", ten annual and one quadrennial holiday. The annual Federal holidays are widely observed by state and local governments; however, they may alter the dates of observance or add or subtract holidays according to local custom. Pursuant to the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 (taking effect in 1971), official holidays are observed on a Monday, except for New Year's Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There are also U.S. state holidays particular to individual U.S. states.

In the U.S., most retail businesses close on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but remain open on all other holidays. Private businesses often observe only the "big six" holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Some also add the Friday after Thanksgiving, or one or more of the other federal holidays.

Most American holidays recognize events or people from U.S. history, although two are shared in common with many other countries: Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Thanksgiving in the United States is on the fourth Thursday in November.

The holiday season in the winter traditionally runs between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day, which encompasses Black Friday, the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve.

Summer traditionally (though unofficially) runs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Other holidays observed nationwide:
In addition to the official holidays, many religious, ethnic, and other traditional holidays populate the calendar, as well as observances proclaimed by officials and lighter celebrations. These are rarely observed by businesses as holidays; indeed, many are viewed as opportunities for commercial promotion. Because of this commercialization, some critics apply the deprecatory term Hallmark holidays to such days.
Date Name Description
February Black History Month Celebrating the contributions and culture of African-Americans (Black Americans) (U.S. Citizens descended from Africa) throughout U.S. History.
February or March, date varies Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday A festive season (Carnival) leading up to Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Closes with Ash Wednesday (40 days before Easter, not counting Sundays), which starts the season of Lent in the Christian calendar.
February 2 Groundhog day Prediction from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania groundhog on whether the country will have six more weeks of winter.
February 14 Valentine's Day Traditional celebration of love and romance, including the exchange of cards, candy, flowers, and other gifts.
March 17 St. Patrick's Day A celebration of Irish heritage and culture, based on the Catholic feast of St. Patrick. Primary activity is simply the wearing of green clothing ("wearing o' the green"), although drinking beer dyed green is also popular. Attending St. Patrick's Day parades has historically been more popular in the United States than in Ireland.
April 1 April Fools' Day A day to play tricks on family, friends, and coworkers, if so inclined, this day used to be the start of the New Year, the tradition started when New Year's Day was moved from April 1st, to January 1.
late March or April (Date varies) (March 21 for 2008, April 10 for 2009) Good Friday Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by Pontius Pilate, believed by Christians to have taken place (traditionally) on April 1, 33 AD. Sometimes celebrated as a "Spring holiday" for Universities and schools in certain states.
Spring Sunday, date varies, first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon after the vernal equinox Easter Celebrates the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus. For Christians, Easter is a day of religious services and the gathering of family. Many Americans follow old traditions of coloring hard-boiled eggs and giving children baskets of candy. On the next day, Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children. The holiday is also often celebrated as a nonsectarian spring holiday. Not generally observed by most businesses as it always falls on a Sunday. Most financial markets and some other businesses close on the Friday prior, Good Friday (which is a state holiday in many states). Roman Catholic and Protestant groups celebrate Easter on a different Sunday (most years) than Orthodox groups.
April 22 (varies by location and observance) Earth Day A day used to promote environmentalism.
Spring, date varies Arbor Day A day for the planting of trees, commonly the last Friday of April but depending on the climate of the state.
May 5 Cinco de Mayo Primarily a celebration of Mexican culture by Mexican-Americans living in the United States. Although this is the anniversary of the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, Cinco de Mayo is far more important in the USA than in Mexico itself. Additionally, this "holiday" is often mistaken by Americans as being Mexican Independence Day, which is actually observed on September 16.
Second Sunday in May Mother's Day Honors mothers and motherhood (made a "Federal Holiday" by Presidential order, although most Federal agencies are already closed on Sundays)
June 21 Go Skateboarding Day A day where large amounts of skaters come out and skate in groups and sometimes cause mischief.
Third Sunday in June Father's Day Honors fathers and fatherhood.
September or October (depends on Hebrew calendar) Rosh Hashanah Traditional beginning of the Jewish High Holidays. It is also celebrates the beginning of a new year on the Hebrew calendar.
September or October (depends on Hebrew calendar) Yom Kippur Traditional end of and highest of the Jewish High Holidays.
October 12 Columbus Day Honors the first European explorer known to have set foot on North America.
October 30 Mischief Night Night before Halloween, notorious as a night where children and teenagers cause mild mischief around their town, such as toilet papering houses or throwing eggs.
October 31 Halloween Celebrates All Hallow's Eve, decorations include jack o 'lanterns, costume wearing parties, and candy such as candy corn are also part of the holiday. Kids go trick-or-treating to neighbors who give away candy. Not generally observed by businesses.
first Tuesday after the first Monday in November Election Day Observed by the federal and state governments in applicable years; legal holiday in some states.
Friday after Thanksgiving Day Black Friday Kickoff to the Christmas shopping season, known to be the busiest shopping day of the year
December (depends on Hebrew calendar) Hanukkah an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.
December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Day to mourn the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japenese on December 7, 1941
December 24 Christmas Eve Day before Christmas Day
December 26 through January 1 Kwanzaa African American holiday celebration created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga
December 31 New Year's Eve Final Day of the Gregorian year. Usually accompanied by much celebration.

 

Federal holidays:
Federal holidays are designated by Congress in Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C. § 6103). If a holiday falls on a Saturday it is celebrated the preceding Friday; if a holiday falls on a Sunday it is celebrated the following Monday. Most, but not all, states and most private businesses also observe a Sunday holiday on the following Monday. It is less common, however, for a state or private business to observe a Saturday holiday on the preceding Friday. Some states and private businesses may observe it then, a few may observe it on Monday, and some may not observe the holiday at all in those years. In particular, banks that close on Saturdays do not observe a holiday when it falls on Saturday.
Date Official Name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Celebrates beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. Festivities include counting down to midnight (12:00 AM) on the preceding night, New Year's Eve. Traditional end of holiday season.
Third Monday in January Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., or Martin Luther King Jr. Day Honors Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights leader, who was actually born on January 15, 1929; combined with other holidays in several states.
January 20, the first January 20th, following a Presidential election Inauguration Day Observed only by federal government employees in Washington D.C., and the border counties of Maryland and Virginia, in order to relieve congestion that occurs with this major event. Swearing-in of President of the United States and Vice President of the United States. Celebrated every fourth year. Note: Takes place on January 21 if the 20th is a Sunday (although the President is still privately inaugurated on the 20th). If Inauguration Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the preceding Friday or following Monday is not a Federal Holiday
Third Monday in February Washington's Birthday Washington's Birthday was first declared a federal holiday by an 1879 act of Congress. The Uniform Holidays Act, 1968, shifted the date of the commemoration of Washington's Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February. Many people now refer to this holiday as "Presidents' Day" and consider it a day honoring all American presidents. However, neither the Uniform Holidays Act nor any subsequent law changed the name of the holiday from Washington's Birthday to Presidents' Day.
Last Monday in May Memorial Day Honors the nation's war dead from the Civil War onwards; marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season. (traditionally May 30, shifted by the Uniform Holidays Act 1968)
July 4 Independence Day Celebrates Declaration of Independence, also called the Fourth of July.
First Monday in September Labor Day Celebrates the achievements of workers and the labor movement; marks the unofficial end of the summer season.
Second Monday in October Columbus Day Honors Christopher Columbus, traditional discoverer of the Americas. In some areas it is also a celebration of Italian culture and heritage. (traditionally October 12); celebrated as American Indian Heritage Day and Fraternal Day in Alabama; celebrated as Native American Day in South Dakota. In Hawaii, it is celebrated as Discoverer's Day, though is not an official state holiday.
November 11 Veterans Day Honors all veterans of the United States armed forces. A traditional observation is a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. remembering those killed in war. (Commemorates the 1918 armistice, which began at "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.")
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day Traditionally celebrates the giving of thanks for the autumn harvest. Traditionally includes the consumption of a turkey dinner. Traditional start of the holiday season. (Note: Thanksgiving is not celebrated on the same day in Canada).
December 25 Christmas Day Celebrates the Nativity of Jesus. Some people consider aspects of this religious holiday, such as giving gifts and decorating a Christmas tree, to be secular rather than explicitly Christian.

 

Federal observances:
Federal observances differ from Federal holidays in that Federal employees only receive a day free from work on holidays, not observances. Federal observances that are designated by Congress appear in Title 36 of the United States Code (36 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.). Below is a list of all observances so designated. Note that not all of the laws below require that the observance be declared, in some cases, such as 36 U.S.C. § 114, Congress simply requested the President to issue a proclamation of the observance.

Days:
36 U.S.C. § 104 — Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day (First Saturday after Labor Day).
36 U.S.C. § 105 — Child Health Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Monday in October as Child Health Day).
36 U.S.C. §106 — Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17).
36 U.S.C. §107 — Columbus Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating the second Monday in October as Columbus Day).

36 U.S.C. § 109 — Father's Day (Third Sunday in June).
36 U.S.C. § 110 — Flag Day (June 14).
36 U.S.C. § 111 — Gold Star Mother's Day (Last Sunday in September).
36 U.S.C. § 113 — Law Day, U.S.A. (May 1).
36 U.S.C. § 114 — Leif Erikson Day (The President may issue each year a proclamation designating October 9 as Leif Erikson Day).
36 U.S.C. § 115 — Loyalty Day (May 1).
36 U.S.C. § 116 — Memorial Day.
36 U.S.C. § 117 — Mother's Day (Second Sunday in May).
36 U.S.C. § 118 — National Aviation Day (August 19).
36 U.S.C. § 119 — National Day of Prayer (First Thursday in May).
36 U.S.C. § 120 — National Defense Transportation Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating the third Friday in May as National Defense Transportation Day).
36 U.S.C. § 124 — National Freedom Day (February 1).
36 U.S.C. § 125 — National Grandparents' Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day).
36 U.S.C. § 127 — National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (July 27 of each year until 2003).
36 U.S.C. § 128 — National Maritime Day (May 22).
36 U.S.C. § 129 — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7).
36 U.S.C. § 134 — Pan American Aviation Day (The President may issue each year a proclamation designating December 17 as Pan American Aviation Day).
36 U.S.C. § 135 — Parents' Day (Fourth Sunday in July).
36 U.S.C. § 136 — Peace Officers Memorial Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of Federal, State, and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty).
36 U.S.C. § 140 — Stephen Foster Memorial Day (The President may issue each year a proclamation designating January 13 Stephen Foster Memorial Day).
36 U.S.C. § 141 — Thomas Jefferson's birthday (April 13).
36 U.S.C. § 142 — White Cane Safety Day (The President may issue each year a proclamation designating October 15 as White Cane Safety Day).
36 U.S.C. § 143 — Wright Brothers Day (December 17).
36 U.S.C. § 144 — Patriot Day (September 11).
36 U.S.C. § 145 — Halloween (October 31).

Weeks:
Constitution Week
National Flag Week
National Forest Products Week
National Poison Prevention Week
National Safe Boating Week
National School Lunch Week
National Transportation Week
Police Week
Save Your Vision Week
National Friendship Week

Months:
36 U.S.C. § 101 — American Heart Month (February).
Black History Month (February).
National Nutrition Month (March).
Confederate History Month (April).
36 U.S.C. § 103 — Cancer Control Month (April)Child Abuse Prevention Month (April).
36 U.S.C. § 102 — Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May).
36 U.S.C. § 139 — Steelmark Month (May) — honors the steel industryGay and Lesbian Pride Month (June).
36 U.S.C. § 126 — National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15)Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
36 U.S.C. § 121 — National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October).

Other:
36 U.S.C. § 112 — Honor America Days -- The 21 days from Flag Day through Independence Day.

 

The President may also declare selected Federal observances by presidential proclamation.
Days:
Religious Freedom Day (January 16)
Martin Luther King Federal Holiday (third Monday in January)
National Sanctity of Human Life Day (third Sunday in January)
Education and Sharing day (March or April)
Greek Independence Day (March 25)
National D.A.R.E. Day (second Thursday in April)
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day (April 9)
Pan American Day and week (April 14 and week thereof)
Armenian Remembrance Day (April 24)[1]
Loyalty Day (May 1)
Law Day, U.S.A. (May 1)
National Day of Prayer (first Thursday in May)
Mother's Day (second Sunday in May)
National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week (third Friday in May and week thereof)
National Maritime Day (May 22)
Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
National Child's Day (first Monday in June)
Flag Day, and National Flag Week (June 14 and week thereof)
Father's Day (third Sunday in June)
Parent's Day (last Sunday in July)
National Airborne Day (August 16)
Women's Equality Day (August 26)
Patriot Day (September 11)
National POW/MIA Recognition Day (Third Friday in September)
Citizenship Day and Constitution Week (September 17 and week thereof)
Family Day (fourth Monday in September)
Gold Star Mother's Day (last Sunday in September)
Child Health Day (first Monday in October)
German-American Day (October 6)
Columbus Day (second Monday in October)
Leif Erikson Day (October 9)
General Pulaski Memorial Day (October 11)
White Cane Safety Day (October 15)
United Nations Day (October 24)
World Freedom Day (November 9)
Veterans Day (November 11)[2]
America Recycles Day (November 15)
Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)[3]
World AIDS Day (December 1)
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7)
Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week (December 10 and week beginning of)
Bill of Rights Day (December 15)
Wright Brothers Day (December 17)
Special weeks recognized by presidential proclamation:
National Consumer Protection Week (first week of February)
Save Your Vision Week (first week of March)
National Poison Prevention Week (third week of March)
National Volunteer Week (last week of April)
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April)
National Park Week (last week of April)
World Trade Week (third week of May)
National Hurricane Preparedness Week (third week in May)
National Safe Boating Week (week prior to Memorial Day)
Captive Nations Week (third week of July)
Minority Enterprise Development Week (September)
National Farm Safety and Health Week (third week of September)
National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week (September)
Fire Prevention Week (week of October 9)
National School Lunch Week (week of the second Sunday in October)
National Forest Products Week (week of the third Sunday in October)
National Character Counts Week (third week in October)
National Farm-City Week (week prior to Thanksgiving)
National Family Week (week of Thanksgiving)

Special months recognized by presidential proclamation:
American Heart Month (February)
Black History Month (February)
American Red Cross Month (March)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
Cancer Control Month (April)
National Donate Life Month (April)
Prevent Child Abuse Month (April)
Older Americans Month (May)
Jewish American Heritage Month (May)[4]
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May)[5]
Mental Health Awaremenss Month (May)
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (June)
Caribbean-American Heritage Month (June)
Great Outdoors Month (June)
Black Music Month (June)
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (September)
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September)
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15)[6]
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
National Hospice Month (November)
National Adoption Month (November)
National Family Caregivers Month (November)
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month (November)
National Diabetes Month (November)
National American Indian Heritage Month (November)
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (December)

Defunct observances:
The following annual observances have been mandated or authorized by Congress, but are no longer proclaimed or observed on a regular basis.
Baltic Freedom Day (June 14) (1982-1992)
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (July 27) (through 2003)

 

State holidays:
In addition to the federal holidays, individual states observe the following holidays:

Alabama: Confederate Memorial Day, fourth Monday in April
Alaska: Alaska Day, anniversary of transfer to U.S. control, October 18; Seward's Day, anniversary of purchase from Russia, [[March 27]
Arkansas: Daisy Gatson Bates Day, February 16, observed with Washington's Birthday
California: Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, February 12, César Chávez's birthday, March 31 (also may be optionally observed in Colorado and Texas); Columbus Day, second Monday in October[7]Colorado: Colorado Day August 1, 1876 Colorado became a state. This date is recognized/celebrated each year by state residents.
Connecticut: Lincoln's Birthday, February 12; Good Friday, date varies
Delaware: Return Day, Thursday following Election Day; every two years, celebrates the returns of an election, having political opponents "bury the hatchet" in a bucket of sand
District of Columbia: Emancipation Day, April 16
Florida: Pascua Florida Day, April 2
Georgia: Robert E. Lee's Birthday and Confederate Memorial Day
Hawaii: Good Friday, date varies; May Day or Lei Day, date varies, usually May 1st; Kamehameha Day, June 11; Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day, March 26; Admission Day or Statehood Day, third Friday in August
Idaho: Idaho Human Rights Day, January 19
Illinois: Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, February 12 (most state offices close, many schools choose to close on President's Day). Pulaski Day first Monday of every March.
Kansas: Kansas Day, January 29
Louisiana: Mardi Gras, date varies (3 February - 9 March); Good Friday, date varies, celebrated elsewhere
Massachusetts: Patriot's Day, 3rd Monday of April, traditionally April 19, anniversary of Battles of Lexington and Concord
Maine: Patriot's Day, April 19, anniversary of Battles of Lexington and Concord
Maryland: Maryland Day, March 25, commemoration of first European settlement of Maryland
Mississippi: Mardi Gras Day, date varies
Missouri: Truman Day, May 9
Nebraska: Arbor Day, last Friday of April, celebrated elsewhere
Nevada: Nevada Day, October 31, commemorates date of admission to the Union, observed on last Friday of October.
New Hampshire: Civil Rights Day, January 19
Oklahoma: Statehood Day, November 16
Rhode Island: V.J. Day or Victory Day, second Monday in August
South Dakota: Native American Day, second Monday in October
Tennessee[8]
Legal holidays: Good Friday, date varies;
Days of special observance: Robert E. Lee Day, January 19; Abraham Lincoln Day, February 12; Andrew Jackson Day, March 15; Mother's Day, Second Sunday in May; Statehood Day, June 1, commemorates date of admission to the Union; Memorial or Confederate Decoration Day, June 3; Nathan Bedford Forrest Day, July 13
Texas: Confederate Veterans Day, January 19; Juneteenth, June 19
Utah: Pioneer Day, July 24
Vermont: Town Meeting Day, first Tuesday in March
Virginia: Lee-Jackson Day, Friday before the third Monday in January
West Virginia: West Virginia Day, June 20

Insular area holidays:

Puerto Rico: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico day, July 25 (In Spanish: 25 de Julio, Conmemoración del ELA, or Conmemoración del Estado Libre Asociado).

Southern holidays (may or may not be legal holidays, depending on state law):
Confederate Memorial Day (usually last Monday of April):
  Alabama, fourth Monday in April, legal holiday.
  Florida, April 26, legal holiday.
  Georgia, legal holiday.
  Mississippi, legal holiday.
  South Carolina, May 10, legal holiday.
  Louisiana, June 3.
  Tennessee, June 3.
  Virginia, coincidental with US Memorial Day.

Jefferson Davis's Birthday:
  Alabama, first Monday in June, legal holiday.
  Florida, June 3 legal holiday.

 Robert E. Lee's Birthday (often observed with MLK Day on January 19):
  Alabama, observed with MLK Day, legal holiday.
  Arkansas, January 19, observed with MLK Day.
  Florida, January 19, legal holiday.
  Georgia, January 19, may be celebrated other days (Friday after Thanksgiving, for example).
  Mississippi, January 19, legal holiday.
  Tennessee, January 19.

Nathan Bedford Forrest Day:
  Tennessee, July 13.

Mardi Gras, held the day before Ash Wednesday.
  Florida, legal holiday in counties where carnival associations are organized for the purpose of
  
celebrating the same.
  Louisiana, legal holiday.
  Mississippi, legal holiday.
  Alabama, legal holiday only in Baldwin and Mobile Counties.

Other holidays locally observed:
Bunker Hill Day, June 17 (Suffolk County, Massachusetts).
Brooklyn-Queens Day, (New York City, NY), first Thursday in June.
Casimir Pulaski Day (primarily Illinois, first Monday in March).
Day of the Dead (November 1, sometimes celebrated in areas with large Mexican-American populations).
Devil's Night (primarily Michigan, October 30).
Dyngus Day (Polish-origin holiday, day after Easter, celebrated New York, Indiana, Michigan and North Dakota).
Evacuation Day, March 17 (Suffolk County and Cambridge, Massachusetts; same date as St. Patrick's Day).
Father Damien Day (Hawaii), April 15.
Indigenous Peoples Day, Berkeley, California, celebrated in lieu of Columbus Day.
International Women's Day, Berkeley, California, March 8.
Loyalty Day (domestic counterweight to May Day).
Meck-Dec Day, (Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina), (May 20), celebrates the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
Midsummer (celebrated in Minnesota and other Scandinavian-American areas).
Return Day, (November 4, after noon in Sussex County, Delaware; population meets to hear election returns, party).
Sweetest Day (celebrated on third Saturday in October in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, involves giving small presents to family, friends and lovers).
Von Steuben Day, (mid-September, celebrated primarily by German Americans).
Woolseymas, (December 6) A commemoration of the 1933 decision by U.S. District Court Judge John M. Woolsey that the James Joyce novel "Ulysses" was not pornographic and therefore could not be obscene.

Non-holiday notable days:
Super Tuesday (political event, variable).
Tax Freedom Day (day in which an average citizen is said to have worked enough to pay his or her taxes for the year, used by opponents of taxation).
Super Bowl Sunday (First Sunday of February) The Day that the championship game for the National Football League is held on.
Tax Day (federal and state tax deadline, (April 15) or if on weekend or holiday, next closest Monday or business day).
Oktoberfest (celebrated most often in areas with contemporary or historic populations of German heritage).
Festivus (December 23rd): made famous on the TV show Seinfeld.
FLAG HOLIDAYS:

The flag should be displayed on all days especially...

NEW YEARS DAY, January 1 INAUGURATION DAY, Jan. 20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY,
third Monday in January
LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY, Feb. 12 WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY,
third Monday in February
EASTER SUNDAY
MOTHER'S DAY, second Sunday in May PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY, May 15,
(half staff all day)
ARMED FORCES DAY, third Saturday in May
MEMORIAL DAY, last Monday in May
(half staff until noon)
FLAG DAY, June 14 FATHER'S DAY, third Sunday in June
INDEPENDENCE DAY, July 4 KOREAN WAY VETERANS DAY, June 27
(half staff all day)
LABOR DAY, first Monday in September
PATRIOT DAY, September 11
(half staff all day)
CONSTITUTION DAY, Sept. 17 GOLD STAR MOTHER'S DAY,
last Sunday in September
COLUMBUS DAY,
second Monday in October
NAVY DAY, Oct. 27 ELECTION DAY, first Tuesday in November
VETERANS DAY, November 11 THANKSGIVING DAY,
fourth Thursday in November
PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY, Dec. 7,
(half staff all day)
CHRISTMAS DAY, Dec. 25


Please also visit some of these websites for some great lists of holidays and
OBSERVANCES, NOTABLE DATES, BIRTHDAYS, SPECIAL OCCASIONS, WACKY / FUN, CRAZY, STRANGE, SILLY, OBSCURE OR NONTRADITIONAL HOLIDAYS:

http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/2009.asp (U.S. Federal Holidays with links to other years).         

http://butlerwebs.net/holidays/default.htm

http://www.listofholidays.org/          http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/weird_holidays.html          http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Public-holiday

http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/          http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm          http://www.brownielocks.com/month2.html

http://www.holidaysmart.com/holidaylist.htm          http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/8112/holiday/other.html          http://www.holidays.net/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzz/Obscure_Holidays          http://www.listafterlist.com/tabid/57/listid/6751/Holidays++Events/Crush+a+Can+Day++and+other+Obscure+Holidays.aspx

http://scrapbooking.families.com/blog/calendar-of-strange-holidays          http://hubpages.com/hub/Strange-Holidays-October (a fabulous 'October' page).

http://ezinearticles.com/?Weird-Holidays&id=405728          http://www.cafepress.com/holidaysgear/1505299

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