October 5, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

Last Updated on September 1, 2022

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Celebrate U.S. holidays with these primary source collections! And don’t miss these holiday blog posts from Teaching with the Library of Congress.

January

New Year’s Day January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day third Monday in January

January/February

Lunar New Years begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar

February

Valentine’s Day

March

St. Patrick’s Day

March/April

Jewish Passover

April

April Fools’ Day

Easter first full moon after the March 21 spring equinox (can fall in March)

Earth Day April 22

Arbor Day last Friday in April

May

Mother’s Day second Sunday in May

Memorial Day last Monday in May

June

Juneteenth June 19

Father’s Day third Sunday in June

July

U.S. Independence Day July 4

September

Labor Day first Monday in September

October

Columbus Day second Monday of October

Halloween October 31

October/November

Diwali

November

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) November 1

Veteran’s Day November 11

Thanksgiving fourth Thursday of the month

November/December

Hanukkah

December

St. Nick/Santa Claus December 24

Christmas December 25

Kwanzaa December 26-January 1

Varies

Ramadan & Eid al-Fitr

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