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History of Holidays in America

Length: 20 Holidays and Celebrations
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 4th – 8th Grades
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How to Use This Course

History of Holidays in America is an introductory survey of the historical and social background of American holidays. It introduces American legal holidays as well as other holidays, celebrations, and commemorations. Each chapter includes vocabulary words related to that holiday, the background of the holiday or celebration, and information about how people honor the day. Links to coloring pages and copywork for younger students are also included. You can use this course to study upcoming holidays, to focus on social studies and study holiday traditions, or to study the history of the holidays discussed or create a timeline of when holidays were first celebrated and formally adopted as holidays.

Course Introduction

History of Holidays in America is an introductory survey of the historical and social background of American holidays. It introduces American legal holidays as well as other holidays, celebrations, and commemorations. In a short course such as this, it is impossible to include all holidays that Americans celebrate, and it is equally impossible to describe all the various ways that holidays are celebrated. Only some of the major holidays and some of the ways that holidays are celebrated with family and friends have been included here.

Each chapter includes vocabulary words related to that holiday (shown in bold in the text and defined at the end of the chapter), the background of the holiday or celebration, and information about how people honor the day. When relevant, a speech, song, or poem pertaining to the holiday is also included. Links to coloring pages for younger students and copywork are also included.

You can use this course in a number of ways. You may want to study the sections as they relate to upcoming holidays (for example, learn about Veterans Day and Thanksgiving in early November). You may want to focus on social studies and study the holidays over a short period of time, focusing on the how and why each holiday is celebrated. You may want to use this course as part of a history class and dig into the time periods discussed or create a timeline of when holidays were first celebrated and formally adopted as holidays. However you choose to use History of Holidays in America, we hope you have fun!

Introduction

Federal Holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Third Monday in January)
  • President’s Day (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Celebrations

  • Groundhog Day (February 2)
  • Valentine’s Day (February 14)
  • Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday, and Easter (Late March-Late April)
  • Arbor Day and Earth Day (April)
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  • Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (May and June)
  • Flag Day (June 14)

Recognition Months

  • Black History Month (February)
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)

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