The Ultimate Guide to American Holidays

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There are some hugely popular public holidays that are celebrated in the USA, and you may know some of them. When working and living in the States, there’re some things you just need to know, and we’ve taken a closer look at some of the biggest public holidays celebrated by our friends across the pond!

Independence Day (4th July)

This is definitely one of the main holidays of the year for a lot of Americans. On 4th July they celebrate their independence and oh boy, they take it seriously. Every American flag that can be found will be flying in the wind and ‘Murica will be visible everywhere you go. Weather permitting, barbecues are typically the go-to plan for the day, with friends and family getting together. At the end of the day the most popular ‘closing event’ is fireworks. Despite being the main national holiday, Independence Day is less formal than other holidays, such as Memorial Day.

Thanksgiving

After Independence Day, Thanksgiving is a good second and is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving is all about families coming together and expressing gratitude for all you have in life - and of course stuffing yourself with turkey (the main meal of the day). Recipes typically would get passed on from generation to generation and every family has their own traditions, which makes it even more special. Thanksgiving is also the official start of the holiday season, which means it’s acceptable to turn up Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’. Now who doesn’t like that? 

Labor Day

This American holiday has been on the calendar since 1894, when it was put through Congress. Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday of September and pays tribute to all of the working men and women in the country. In practice, most Americans use Labor Day weekend as a family getaway and book a long weekend vacation. Fun fact: did you know that the first waffle house opened on Labor Day? We know, crucial information. Typically, NFL teams schedule their first football game on or around Labor Day, with all the stadiums will be packed with fans. Students do not look forward to this weekend as it’s also considered the last day of vacation before the start of the new school year (cheered by parents all over).

Reading about the USA is great but experiencing it for yourself is a millions teams more exciting. Check out our programmes in America and who knows, you might be celebrating some of these holidays yourself very soon. Get in touch with our expert team on 0333 999 7516 or at enquiries@bunac.org.uk and start planning your adventure.

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