Celebration Dates and Other Observances

African-American December 26 - January 1: Kwanzaa
February 1- 28: African-American History Month
June 19: Juneteenth

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May 1 - 31
Baha'i & Zoroastrian New Year (Naw Ruz) March 21

Celebrated at the time of the vernal equinox.

Bastille Day July 14
Cambodian & Lao New Year April 13-15
Lunar New Year January 31, 2014 (Year of the Horse)
February 19, 2015 (Year of the Sheep)
February 8, 2016 (Year of the Monkey)
January 28, 2017 (Year of the Rooster)
February 16, 2018 (Year of the Dog)


Cinco de Mayo May 5
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
November 1-2
Gay/Lesbian October 11: National Coming Out Day
June 1 - 30: Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
June 27: Stonewall Rebellion Anniversary

Independence Day (Observed) July 4

Day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Observed on July 4th unless the holiday falls on a weekend.

Jewish American Heritage Month May 1 - 31
Labor Day September (1st Monday)

Public holiday to honor all working people. Celebrated on the first Monday in September.

May Day May 1

International holiday - celebrated as a spring festival in many countries.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Observed) January (3rd Monday)

National holiday to celebrate the birthday of Dr. King (1929-1968), who was actually born on January 15th. Observed on the third Monday in January.

Memorial Day May (Last Monday)

Observed on the last Monday in May. Day set aside to honor members of the military who gave their lives in war and to pay respects to family members who have died.

National American Indian Heritage Month
November 1 - 30
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 1 - 31
National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15
National Women’s History Month
March 1 - 31
Native American November 1 - 30: National American Indian Heritage Month
December 29: Wounded Knee Massacre Anniversary

New Year's Day January 1

Public holiday. Celebrated throughout the world by those nations, cultures, and religions adhering to the Gregorian calendar.

President’s Day (Observed) February (3rd Monday)

Federal holiday in honor of the birthdays of George Washington (February 23, 1732) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809). Observed on the third Monday in February.

Older/Senior Americans Month
May 1 - 31
St. Patrick's Day March 17
Sikh Holidays November 3, 2013: Diwali
November 17, 2013: Guru Nanak Dev Gurpurab
January 5: Guru Gobind Singh Gurpurab
April 14, 2014: Vaisakhi
Thanksgiving November (4th Thursday)

Public holiday set aside for giving thanks for the harvest and other blessings. First celebrated in the U.S. in 1863. Celebrated the fourth Thursday in November.

United Nations October 24: United Nations Day
December 10: Human Rights Day

Veteran's Day November 11

Federal holiday. Commemorates the signing of the armistice that ended World War I; now set aside to honor all veterans who have served in the nation’s wars. If November 11th falls on a Sunday, the holiday is celebrated on the following Monday.

Women March 1 - 31: National Women’s History Month
March 8: International Wo
men’s Day
World AIDS Awareness Day, International
December 1
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) April 27, 2014
April 16, 2015
May 5, 2016
April 23, 2017

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