Key events for your diary for living in the USA

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We have put together a list of some of the top events in the USA so that you don't miss out. Definitely add them to your diary if you are heading over to the USA on our Work America, Summer Camp Exchange USA, Internship USA or Volunteer USA programme. These events are a great way to get involved with American traditions and live the American dream!

Super Bowl Sunday (February)
The Super Bowel takes place on the first Sunday in February, also known as Super Sunday. On this day over 100 million Americans tune in to watch the event on TV. Because of the high number of viewers companies pay millions to have an advert featured in the commercial breaks of the event. The cost for an advertisement rises each year, the current cost for an ad is $4 million and companies of the likes of Nissan and PepsiCo feature an advert at the event. There is also a halftime show where a famous artist or band will perform, in the past this has included Beyoncé, Madonna and Bruno Mars. This is definitely an event to not be missed, it’s an American tradition!

4th July fireworks in the USA

Independence Day (4th July)
This is a federal holiday in the USA commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Independence Day is a big holiday in the USA usually celebrated with parades, fireworks, BBQs, concerts etc and also a perfect opportunity for family reunions. Every state goes all out to celebrate the event, in Miami, Florida they have a huge firework display and changes the lights on one of its tallest buildings to red, white and blue. It’s definitely the day to raid your wardrobe and pull out all your red, white and blue clothes!

Thanksgiving in the USA

Thanksgiving (November)
Thanksgiving takes place on the fourth Thursday of November, this is a national holiday in the USA. The holiday is based on religious and traditional principles but also enjoyed from a worldly point-of-view as well. Usually on this day American families get together and share an American sized meal usually including lots of turkey and pumpkin pie. Lots of celebrations happen around the country, a particular highlight is the Macy’s parade in New York City. This is the second oldest parade in the USA and usually consists of balloons, floats and bands and is televised throughout the USA. Definitely the perfect excuse to eat excessively and enjoy time with your family and friends!

Black Friday rush in Macy's
(Source: foxbusiness.com)

Black Friday (November)
Usually the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the USA. This is a public holiday in some States but many Americans take a day of annual leave to take advantage of special promotions and stores extend their opening hours due to the demand. Black Friday usually marks the unofficial beginning of Christmas for some Americans and people usually take advantage of the great promotions to start their Christmas shopping. If you’re a shopaholic this day will be a dream come true for you!

Celebrate New Years Eve in Las Vegas

New Years Eve (31st December)
Celebrated all over the world, but where better to celebrate it than in true American (over the top) style, you’ll definitely be bringing in the New Year with a bang! One of the most famous New Years Eve celebrations happen in Times Square which is televised throughout the world with the famous countdown ball. Another celebration happens on The Strip in Las Vegas where people from all over the world gather on the streets to witness the amazing firework displays that light up the sky and bring in the New Year in true Vegas style!

Are you ready to begin your American dream and embrace all of the American traditions? Check out your American options to get you to the States next summer! Give us a call on 033 3999 7516 or request a call back.