American Holidays

Holidays are important in American culture. They give us the chance to gather family and friends, to remember important events, and to have fun. Some holidays are very important and have lots of traditions connected to them; nearly everyone celebrates them. Others have less importance. The following are major holidays that most Americans celebrate in some way.

New Year's Eve/Day

Valentine's Day

St. Patrick's Day

April Fool's Day


Mother's Day

Memorial Day

Father's Day

Independence Day


Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve/Day

Minor Holidays

These are days that are important in helping people remember important people or events. Few people have to work on these days, and most schools do not hold classes; however, they are not celebrated with the kind of traditions connected to the major holidays.

Civil Rights Day (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Presidents' Day

Pioneer Day

Labor Day