AMERICAN HOLIDAYS New Year's Day is the first day of the Gregorian calendar, which is widely used in many countries such as the USA. New Year's Day falls on January 1 and marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. It marks the end of New Year's Eve celebrations in the United States and gives many Americans a chance to remember the previous year. New Year's Day in United States Halloween in United States Halloween is celebrated by hosting costume parties, playing 'trick-or-treat', watching horror films, visiting haunted houses or carving lanterns out of pumpkins. Many Americans celebrate Halloween on October 31. Celebrations include costume parties and trick-or-treating. Memorial Day in United States Memorial Day commemorates all Americans, who have died in military service for the United States. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. Labor Day in United States Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States. It gives workers a day of rest and it celebrates their contribution to the American economy. Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events. Independence Day in United States On Independence Day, Americans celebrate the anniversary of publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. Many people display the American flag on their homes. The celebrations have deep roots in the American tradition of political freedom. Groundhog Day in United States Many people in the United States observe Groundhog Day on February 2. Groundhog Day falls on February 2 in the United States, coinciding with Candlemas. It is a part of popular culture among many Americans and it centers on the idea of the groundhog coming out of its home to “predict” the weather. Valentine's Day in United States Valentine's Day is an occasion to celebrate romantic love. Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner. They may also arrange a romantic meal in a restaurant or night in a hotel. Common symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid. Columbus Day in United States Columbus Day celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the American continent in 1492. Columbus Day, which is annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday) in United States Washington's Birthday, or Presidents' Day, honors the life and work of the first president of the United States, George Washington. Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA's first president Veterans Day in the USA is a holiday to honor all who have served in the United States Military Services. In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. Thanksgiving Day in United States Thanksgiving Day in the United States is traditionally a holiday to give thanks for the food collected at the end of the harvest season. Thanksgiving Day in the United States is a holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. It precedes Black Friday. Christmas Day in United States Christmas Day celebrates Jesus Christ's birth. Many people in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on December 25. The day celebrates Jesus Christ's birth. It is often combined with customs from pre-Christian winter celebrations. Many people erect Christmas trees, decorate their homes, visit family or friends and exchange gifts. Martin Luther King Day in United States Martin Luther King Day marks the anniversary of the date of birth of the influential American civil right leader of the same name. Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. Easter Sunday in United States Easter Sunday is an important day in the Christian church calendar because it celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to Christian belief. Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.