Holiday Reading


  • Holidays in the U.S.A. [eBook]

    Celebrate! Holidays in the USA discusses the ten federally-recognized holidays in the United States, as well as many celebratory days such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day that are commonly celebrated. There is also a section addressing four recognition months that are commonly acknowledged in the USA: Black History Month, Women's History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month.

    Grades: 2-6,13+
  • Hispanic Heritage Month | U.S. Department of State

    Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year. Celebrations often include cultural activities and programs with speeches, food, dance, and music that recognize the political, artistic, athletic, and educational achievements of Hispanic Americans.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month | U.S. Department of State

    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month originated with a congressional bill. It is celebrated in May with community events that involve historical, educational, and cultural activities, and the recognition of famous Asian Americans in such fields as architecture, entertainment, athletics, education, art, and science.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Women's History Month | U.S. Department of State

    Women's History Month is celebrated in March with special programs and activities in schools, workplaces, and communities. These programs recognize women's achievements in such areas as science, math, politics, arts, and athletics.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Black History Month | U.S. Department of State

    Black History Month is celebrated in February. One aim of Black History Month is to expose the harmful effects of racial prejudice; another is to recognize significant contributions made by people with African heritage, including artists, musicians, scientists, political figures, educators, and athletes.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries | U.S. Department of State

    Anniversary celebrations are those that commemorate a particular date or past event. Birthdays are also celebrated in a variety of ways in the United States. Read about these two types of celebratory days.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Halloween | U.S. Department of State

    Halloween orginated, in part, as a celebration connected with evil spirits and the dead. Popular Halloween traditions in the United States include trick-or-treat costumes and decorations for greeting cards and windows. It is celebrated on October 31.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Juneteenth | U.S. Department of State

    Juneteenth is the oldest celebration in the nation to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Flag Day | U.S. Department of State

    National Flags are not merely symbols of a country; their colors and designs convey past history and future goals. The flag is one of the nations's most powerful and significant symbols, and as such, is celebrated every June 14th in the United States.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Graduation | U.S. Department of State

    Graduation ceremonies celebrate the completion of one part of a person's education. The ceremony marks a transition from one stage in a student's life to another.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Mother's Day and Father's Day | U.S. Department of State

    Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and Father's Day is recognized on the third Sunday in June. On these days, American children show their appreciation by treating fathers, mothers, or those who have served as parental figures in their lives, to something special.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Earth Day and Arbor Day | U.S. Department of State

    Both Arbor Day and Earth Day focus on the environment. Here we discuss environmental awareness in America. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April and Earth Day is April 22.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Native American Pow-Wows | U.S. Department of State

    A Pow-Wow is a large social gathering of Native American tribes and individuals. Every year, hundreds of powwows occur on Native American reservations and in other locations across the nation from March through August.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Valentine's Day | U.S. Department of State

    Valentine's Day is a day for sweethearts. It is the day that you show your friend or loved one that you care. Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Chinese New Year | U.S. Department of State

    Chinese New Year is one of the most important and festive Chinese holidays. More than 2.5 million people of Chinese descent live in the United States and Chinese New Year's celebrations provide an important connection to Chinese culture and heritage.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Christmas | U.S. Department of State

    Christmas is a joyful holiday of Christian origin that is recognized by many people in the United States. It is celebrated on December 25.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Veterans Day | U.S. Department of State

    On this holiday, Americans remember war veterans and the trials and hardships they experienced. Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Thanksgiving Day | U.S. Department of State

    In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing. People gather with family and friends on the fourth Thursday in November to enjoy a traditional meal and to give thanks for life's many blessings.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Columbus Day | U.S. Department of State

    Columbus Day is a legal federal holiday that commemorates the first voyage of Christopher Columbus, who sailed west from Spain in 1492 and reached the islands of present day Bahamas. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October.

    Grades: 2-6
  • Labor Day | U.S. Department of State

    Labor Day was established as a holiday for workers, both as a tribute to their contributions to the nation, and as a means of bringing more public awareness to their struggles. It is celebrated on the first Monday of September.

    Grades: 2-6