Festivals in the United States

In the United States, there are about 21 major celebrations that occur every year. Here are the 10 most significant ones to the US:

Martin Luther King day: the third Monday of January, America celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, a leader of the black civil rights movement who profoundly influenced political and social life in the US.

President’s day: celebrated on the third Monday of February, this federal holiday was established in honour of the United States’ presidents. It usually occurs between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and George Washington (February 22nd).

The Super Bowl: Receiving the largest audience in the US, the Super Bowl marks the last game of the National Football League (NFL). The event is not only watched because of the actual football game, but also due to its famous ads and halftime show.

St Patrick’s day: Even though it is not a national holiday, St Patrick’s day is largely celebrated in the US, especially by people with an Irish background. On March 17th, everyone wears green clothes while most attend parades in the streets.

Memorial day: Considered as one of the most important holidays in the US, this national celebration was established to commemorate the Americans who fought in wars. During this vacation, the famous “Indianapolis 500” auto race takes place in Indiana.

Independence day: Held on July 4th every year, this day celebrates the day when the signing of the declaration of independence from Britain in 1776. During the celebration, people enjoy activities such as picnics and softball games with family and friends, followed by firework displays in the evening.

Labour day: this federal holiday occurs on the first Monday of September, and celebrates working Americans. Lots of people usually travel during this holiday, as it is the final opportunity to catch summer weather.

Columbus day: during the second Monday of September, this holiday celebrates the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on October 12th, 1492.

Halloween: Although this festival is not specific to the US, it has to be included in this list because as it is one of the most popular events in the country. During Halloween night, children -- and sometimes teenagers -- dress up in scary costumes and scream “trick or treat” to their neighbors' in an effort to receive candy. Halloween’s atmosphere is very special: many decorations outside of people's houses, such as carved pumpkins and lights, can be observed.

Thanksgiving: This celebration started when the Pilgrims in Massachusetts survived the harsh winter with the help of the Native Americans who helped them produce food. On the fourth Thursday of November, families gather around a dinner table and eat the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie. During the day, many parades also occur in various cities.


by Hugo B.