History UsefulNotes / AmericanHolidays

12th Aug '16 8:16:10 PM nombretomado
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* '''Homecoming''' (date varies): A local [[strike:fundraiser]] holiday found in mainly in college towns, usually commemorated with reunions, a football game, and a parade, and with [[AnimalHouse Toga Parties]] back in TheSeventies.

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* '''Homecoming''' (date varies): A local [[strike:fundraiser]] holiday found in mainly in college towns, usually commemorated with reunions, a football game, and a parade, and with [[AnimalHouse [[Film/AnimalHouse Toga Parties]] back in TheSeventies.
23rd Apr '16 7:05:22 PM LtFedora
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* '''Armed Forces Day''' (May 21) pretty much exactly what it says on the tin; one of a trio of military holidays, Armed Forces Day celebrates those currently serving as Veterans day celebrates veterans and Memorial Day commemorates the dead. Not a big popular holiday but celebrated by the Military with open houses and air shows.

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* '''Armed Forces Day''' (May 21) pretty much exactly what it says on the tin; one of a trio of military holidays, Armed Forces Day celebrates those currently serving as Veterans day Day celebrates veterans and Memorial Day commemorates the dead. Not a big popular holiday but celebrated by the Military with open houses and air shows.
23rd Mar '16 7:26:25 PM karstovich2
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* '''Inauguration Day''' (January 20): The day that the new President, elected the previous November (or the old President, reelected the previous November), is sworn in. Happens, of course, only every 4 years. Not exactly a holiday in the ordinary sense of the word and only formally observed as a holiday in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and the immediate suburbs, mainly in order to relieve the congestion that goes along with the event. In 2013, Inauguration Day happened to coincide with the Federal Martin Luther King Day holiday, which simplified things.

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* '''Inauguration Day''' (January 20): The day that the new President, elected the previous November (or the old President, reelected the previous November), is sworn in. Happens, of course, only every 4 years. Not exactly a holiday in the ordinary sense of the word and only formally observed as a holiday in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and the immediate suburbs, mainly in order to relieve the congestion that goes along with the event. In 2013, Inauguration Day happened to coincide with the Federal Martin Luther King Day holiday, which simplified things.things; the significance of the fact that the President being inaugurated was UsefulNotes/BarackObama (for his second term) was lost on no one.
23rd Mar '16 7:19:36 PM karstovich2
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* '''Good Friday''' and '''Easter Sunday''' (date varies; usually March or April): One of the most important times of the year for most Christians, the other being Christmas. The ''other'' holiday where everyone, even lapsed Christians, goes to church. The holidays celebrate, respectively, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Easter also marks the end of Lent. Many businesses are closed on one or both days, and schools typically take an extended break around this time. Also, if a state government has a holiday schedule different from the federal list above, this is probably where the variation will occur. {{Creator/ABC}} has aired Creator/CecilBDeMille[='s=] ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' on or around Easter every year since 1973, except for 1999 when they received huge complaints for failing to air it.

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* '''Good Friday''' and '''Easter Sunday''' (date varies; usually March or April): One of the most important times of the year for most Christians, the other being Christmas. The ''other'' holiday where everyone, even lapsed Christians, goes to church. The holidays celebrate, respectively, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Easter also marks the end of Lent. Many businesses are closed on one or both days, and schools typically take an extended break around this time. Also, if a state government has a holiday schedule different from the federal list above, this is probably where the variation will occur.occur; try to avoid coming to a state court or agency with an "emergency" matter on the Thursday before Good Friday, everyone in the building will probably hate you for it unless it really is a must-be-dealt-with-today-or-people-will-be-seriously-hurt emergency. {{Creator/ABC}} has aired Creator/CecilBDeMille[='s=] ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' on or around Easter every year since 1973, except for 1999 when they received huge complaints for failing to air it.
23rd Mar '16 7:17:04 PM karstovich2
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* '''Good Friday''' and '''Easter Sunday''' (date varies; usually March or April): One of the most important times of the year for most Christians, the other being Christmas. The ''other'' holiday where everyone, even lapsed Christians, goes to church. The holidays celebrate, respectively, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Easter also marks the end of Lent. Many businesses are closed on one or both days, and schools typically take an extended break around this time. {{Creator/ABC}} has aired Creator/CecilBDeMille[='s=] ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' on or around Easter every year since 1973, except for 1999 when they received huge complaints for failing to air it.

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* '''Good Friday''' and '''Easter Sunday''' (date varies; usually March or April): One of the most important times of the year for most Christians, the other being Christmas. The ''other'' holiday where everyone, even lapsed Christians, goes to church. The holidays celebrate, respectively, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Easter also marks the end of Lent. Many businesses are closed on one or both days, and schools typically take an extended break around this time. Also, if a state government has a holiday schedule different from the federal list above, this is probably where the variation will occur. {{Creator/ABC}} has aired Creator/CecilBDeMille[='s=] ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' on or around Easter every year since 1973, except for 1999 when they received huge complaints for failing to air it.
18th Oct '15 6:06:42 PM nombretomado
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* '''Washington's Birthday''' (third Monday in February): A holiday to honor UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, America's first President. Starting in TheEighties, many people and states (but not the Federal government) started calling it '''Presidents' Day''', partly to honor all of [[ThePresidents America's Presidents]], and partly because UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln[='=]s birthday was around the same time. To most people, this day means huge sales at stores. Watching television in February will make you wonder if our forefathers simply wanted to ensure we could buy inexpensive cars and mattresses.

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* '''Washington's Birthday''' (third Monday in February): A holiday to honor UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, America's first President. Starting in TheEighties, many people and states (but not the Federal government) started calling it '''Presidents' Day''', partly to honor all of [[ThePresidents [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidents America's Presidents]], and partly because UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln[='=]s birthday was around the same time. To most people, this day means huge sales at stores. Watching television in February will make you wonder if our forefathers simply wanted to ensure we could buy inexpensive cars and mattresses.
10th Apr '15 3:46:13 AM NemuruMaeNi
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->"Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it."
-->--Unnamed convenience store clerk/illegal fireworks dealer, ''TheSimpsons''.

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->"Celebrate ->''"Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it."
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-->-- '''Unnamed
convenience store clerk/illegal fireworks dealer, dealer''', ''TheSimpsons''.



* '''New Year's Day''' (January 1): ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. The day when we all wake up hung over from the New Year's Eve celebrations last night, which is when the actual partying is done. Famous for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, where all floats must be decorated with flowers or other plant materials, and its associated [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball College Football]] Rose Bowl game. The Rose Bowl (named for the stadium in which the game is played) is America's oldest "bowl game." [[note]]Traditionally, the four most prestigious bowl games were all scheduled for New Year's Day, making it second only to Super Bowl Sunday as an American "football holiday." The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowl_Championship_Series Bowl Championship Series]] format, adopted in 1998, among other things has spread out the dates for the final bowl games.[[/note]] In Philadelphia the Mummers hold their massive, day-long parade in all their [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit glorious impracticality.]]

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* '''New Year's Day''' (January 1): ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.exactly what it says on the tin. The day when we all wake up hung over from the New Year's Eve celebrations last night, which is when the actual partying is done. Famous for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, where all floats must be decorated with flowers or other plant materials, and its associated [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball College Football]] Rose Bowl game. The Rose Bowl (named for the stadium in which the game is played) is America's oldest "bowl game." [[note]]Traditionally, the four most prestigious bowl games were all scheduled for New Year's Day, making it second only to Super Bowl Sunday as an American "football holiday." The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowl_Championship_Series Bowl Championship Series]] format, adopted in 1998, among other things has spread out the dates for the final bowl games.[[/note]] In Philadelphia the Mummers hold their massive, day-long parade in all their [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit glorious impracticality.]]



* '''Veterans Day''' (November 11): [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A holiday celebrating American military veterans]]. Whereas Memorial Day honors the dead, this one is for those still living. Coincides with the celebrations of Armistice Day/Remembrance Day in Canada and Europe. The date itself commemorates the ceasefire that ended UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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* '''Veterans Day''' (November 11): [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A holiday celebrating American military veterans]].veterans. Whereas Memorial Day honors the dead, this one is for those still living. Coincides with the celebrations of Armistice Day/Remembrance Day in Canada and Europe. The date itself commemorates the ceasefire that ended UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.



* '''Armed Forces Day''' (May 21) pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; one of a trio of military holidays, Armed Forces Day celebrates those currently serving as Veterans day celebrates veterans and Memorial Day commemorates the dead. Not a big popular holiday but celebrated by the Military with open houses and air shows.

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* '''Armed Forces Day''' (May 21) pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; exactly what it says on the tin; one of a trio of military holidays, Armed Forces Day celebrates those currently serving as Veterans day celebrates veterans and Memorial Day commemorates the dead. Not a big popular holiday but celebrated by the Military with open houses and air shows.
31st Jan '15 10:40:14 PM karstovich2
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* '''County and State Fairs''' (dates vary, usually late summer) are frequently week-long local festivals. Especially in the rural Midwest. Creator/DavidFosterWallace wrote a famous discursive essay/journal about the 1993 Illinois State Fair (originally published in ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers Harper's]]'' in 1994 as "Ticket to the Fair"; collected as "Getting Away From Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All" in 1997's ''A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again'') that absorbs the scene pretty well.

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* '''County and State Fairs''' (dates vary, usually late summer) are frequently week-long local festivals. Especially in the rural Midwest. Creator/DavidFosterWallace wrote Creator/DavidFosterWallace--raised in the rural Midwest--wrote a famous discursive essay/journal about the 1993 Illinois State Fair (originally published in ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers Harper's]]'' in 1994 as "Ticket to the Fair"; collected as "Getting Away From Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All" in 1997's ''A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again'') that absorbs the scene pretty well.
31st Jan '15 10:38:36 PM karstovich2
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* '''County and State Fairs''' (dates vary, usually late summer) are frequently week-long local festivals. Especially in the rural Midwest.

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* '''County and State Fairs''' (dates vary, usually late summer) are frequently week-long local festivals. Especially in the rural Midwest. Creator/DavidFosterWallace wrote a famous discursive essay/journal about the 1993 Illinois State Fair (originally published in ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers Harper's]]'' in 1994 as "Ticket to the Fair"; collected as "Getting Away From Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All" in 1997's ''A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again'') that absorbs the scene pretty well.
31st Jan '15 6:48:37 PM karstovich2
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One aspect of federal holidays that may be confusing to foreigners (and, indeed, to many Americans at times) is that, under [[AmericanFederalism the federalist system]], the federal government has the power to set holidays ''only'' for the federal government itself. It cannot mandate states, municipalities, private corporations, etc., to observe these holidays. Indeed, it's fairly common for other holiday schedules to diverge from the federal schedule. Columbus Day and Veterans Day are the most likely not to be observed by other entities, which sometimes swap them with other dates, particularly the day after Thanksgiving.

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One aspect of federal holidays that may be confusing to foreigners (and, indeed, to many Americans at times) is that, under [[AmericanFederalism the federalist system]], the federal government has the power to set holidays ''only'' for the federal government itself. It itself; it cannot mandate states, municipalities, private corporations, etc., to observe these holidays. [[note]]More or less. There's a good legal argument that the federal government ''could'' do so under the interstate commerce power, especially if you buy the "living document" theory of constitutional interpretation that would have us understand the Commerce Clause as an old-fashioned way of saying that the federal government has the power to regulate the national economy. However, even if you buy this argument, the federal government has never considered imposition of its holiday schedule to be of sufficient importance to actually bother. This argument does, however, provide the legal ammunition for people who say everyone should have Election Day as a mandated day off.[[/note]] Indeed, it's fairly common for other holiday schedules to diverge from the federal schedule. Columbus Day and Veterans Day are the most likely not to be observed by other entities, which sometimes swap them with other dates, particularly the day after Thanksgiving.
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