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Holidays in USA

In America there are many kinds of federal holidays and national observances every year.These holidays can be categorized into secular, international, religious and uniquely American. The federal offices remain close on these days. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday and if a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.

As there are many holidays and different levels in American government, you can be uncertain about the availability of facilities on these days. Such information can be verified in daily newspapers or any office you are planning to visit.

American Holidays

The following are some of the federal holidays:
New Year's Day January 1st
Birthday of Martin Luther King Third Monday in January
Inauguration Day January 20th every four years, starting in 1937
Washington's Birthday Third Monday in February since 1971;prior to that year, it was celebrated on the traditional date of February 22
Armed Forces Day Third Saturday in May
Memorial Day Last Monday in May since 1971; from 1868 to 1970 it was celebrated on May 30, and was called Decoration Day for part of that time
Flag Day June 14th
United States of America's Independence Day July 4
Labor Day First Monday in September
Columbus Day Second Monday in October (federal holiday since 1971)
Election Day Tuesday on or after November 2
Veterans Day November 11th (except from 1971 to 1977, inclusive, when it was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October; formerly known as Armistice)
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day December 25th

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