Holidays are days towards which people all over the world look forward to after their strenuous work load. People in the United States are also no exception and there are specific holiday list which is followed in the country.

The holidays in the United States are more or less ruled by the people working in the private sector, as the number of such people is huge.

These are according to a census almost 62% of the total population, thus their decision making powers is much stronger than people working in any other sector. The private sector employee has a regular or typical working week consisting of 40 hours with the weekends off.

The public holidays in the US have been influenced and derived from the various religions, traditions and demography and history; which have all been taken into account  while drawing up a list. There are in fact no national holidays given out in the United States. Rather there is a list of holidays drawn up for the states or local governance and jurisdiction to implement. Some holidays are absolutely mandated while some are not even mentioned.

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US Holidays list 202017 is an effort by the group members of 123NewYear to bring to its valued readers a consolidated list with brief descriptions of each celebration, that will help them out to pursue the holidays which are celebrated throughout the year. This will help them in their holiday planning as well as brush up regarding the background of some of the holidays, hitherto unknown.

Let us then take a look at what the US holiday calendar looks like –

Holidays in US Date Description
New Year 202017 1st  Jan 2017 People in America have a different style of welcoming New Year. In New York there is a ball drop in the Times Square or various parties which are organized to usher in the New Year. Football games are also slated on this day. The topping is the amazing fireworks which are on display during this time.
Epiphany 6th Jan 2017 it is a Christian holiday and believed to be the 12th day after Jesus’ birth when the three Magi s or the wise men visited him bearing gifts.
Orthodox Christmas Day 7th Jan 2017 Nativity fast is before Christmas day.  Orthodox Julian Calendar considers this day as the Christmas Day and celebrates as such.
Stephen Foster Memorial Day 13th Jan 2017 Americans praised the musician and song writer Stephen foster. On this day with suitable event and music programs his brilliance as a musician is celebrated.
Lee Jackson Day 13th Jan 2017 It is a state holiday in Virginia in the united States to commemorate the two of the Civil War veteran heroes.  It is celebrated before Martin Luther King day. On this day Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee are honored.
Martin Luther King Day, Confederate Memorial Day, Idaho Human Rights Day, Civil Rights Day. 18th Jan  2017 This is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of January. This holiday commemorates the life and struggle of Martin Luther King Junior, who fought for civil rights in the United States.
    Confederate Memorial Day is celebrated in the memory of those war veterans who fought in the civil war in the 1860 s and sacrifices their lives.
    Idaho Human Rights day is the day for upholding unity in diversity in the great country of America amongst numerous states.  It stands for equal rights for everyone.
    The Civil Rights day is a time to celebrate all civil rights activists and those who vouch for it. This is always celebrated on the third Monday in the month of January.
Tu Bishvat 11th Feb 2017 15th day of Jewish month of Shevat. “NewYear for Trees” is another name of this day, as the relationship is between the Man and the Nature.  As the Jewish people celebrate this day to reiterate how Jewish people eat seasonal fruits and plant more trees.
Kansas Day 29th June2017 Those residing in Kansas, commemorate their state’s birthday each year. Numerous historical Acts and programs are seen in schools, historical places and in museums.
National Freedom Day 1st Feb 2017 The people of United States display their solidarity on and remember the significance of freedom on this day. This is the day that the President of the United States Abraham Lincoln ended the practice of slavery by bringing in an amendment to the constitution in 1865.
Groundhog Day 2nd Feb 2017 It is believed by the Americans that groundhogs come out of their burrows to predict the weather. Many reporters ask the weather report from the groundhogs and people go out to parks to listen to groundhogs.
Rosa Parks Day 4th Feb 2017 It is a day to respect civil rights activist Rosa Parks.  She was known to fight for everyone’s rights irrespective of their class, race or creed.
Chinese New Year 28th  Jan 2017 This is the day when the large number of ex-pat Chinese community settled in the United States celebrates their traditional New Year. This day features colorful outfits, people are seen floating firecrackers..  The Chinese people perform lion and dragon dances and the Chinatown is all abuzz.
Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras 28th Feb 2017 This is generally celebrated on the Tuesday which falls before the Ash Wednesday and also precedes the Lent period. It is the last day before lent, which is a time for fasting to the Christians.  A large gathering with enjoyment is seen in some parts of the United states where people organize masked balls and huge feasts to feed themselves before the fasting season.
Ash Wednesday 1st March 2017 This is the day from which Lent period begins. Special prayer services are held and people are blessed by putting ash on their forehead. People light candles in the churches.
Lincoln’s Birthday 12th Feb 2017 One of the most popular presidents of the United States, Abraham Lincoln’s birth anniversary, is celebrated on this day, and mostly in the states of New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Illinois and Connecticut states. Concerts, charities and various events are seen in this day to commemorate probably the greatest of the President of Americas birthday.
Valentine’s Day 14th Feb 2017 This is a festival for couples and partners and of sharing love. On this day St Valentine had sacrificed himself and chosen martyrdom in order to celebrate and uphold the principle of love. People in order to celebrate love celebrate the whole day with their beloved persons by exchanging gifts , arranging  for meals and enjoy the day.
Susan B Anthony’s Birthday 15th Feb 2017 It is the birthday of female civil right leader; whose name is Susan B Anthony. To show respect and praise her  for the commendable work that she had done, on this day many memorial activities are held in New York.
Daisy Gatson Bates Day / President’s day 20th Feb 2017 It is a day to commemorate the life and achievements of the civil right activist Daisy Gatson Bates. She had worked hard to oust racial segregation from schools and bring equality amongst all. It is a public holiday in Arkansas.
    President’s Day is a day which celebrates the numerous Presidents of America who had served the country.  This day has been chosen as it coincides with the birthday of George Washington, who was the first president of America.
St. David’s Day 1st March 2017 Daffodils or leeks are attached to clothing during this time. Many celebrate St. David’s life and the Welsh rites in United states as he was the patron saint of the Welsh people.
Casimir Pulaski Day, Read Across America Day 2nd March 2017 This is the birthday of the Polish and American born Casimir Pulaski who is remembered for his immense and commendable contributions for the American War of Independence
    This day also celebrates the birthday of the famous Dr Seuss, the author of numerous children’s books and motivational books celebrated to uphold and encourage the habit of reading books.
Town Meeting Day Vermont 7th March 2017 In 201791, on this very day the state of Vermont became a part of the United States of America and thus it is a day worth celebrating. It is the day for special event in which all the state’s residents get the chance to speak in a public forum on the first Tuesday on any whichever issue they want to address.
Daylight Saving Time begins 13th March 2017 On this day the country needs to reset their clocks forward to make everything come an hour earlier.
Evacuation Day 2017th March 2017 This historical day when the British troops were finally driven out of Boston during the American revolutionary War.
St. Patrick’s Day 2017th March 2017 This day is celebrated in honor of St Patrick, who is the patron saint of the Irish people.  Originally the Irish immigrants used to celebrate it, but now it has spread amongst all. During this time many people eat green food and wear green outfits. Huge parades are observed at this time. People gather at the bars to raise a toast.
March equinox 20th March 2017 This is the day of the Vernal Equinox and celebrates the advent of Spring. Spring symbolizes greenery and ushering in all things new.
Palm Sunday 9th April 2017 This is the day that the Christians believed to be the day when Jesus Christ enters the hallowed gates of Jerusalem.  People make crosses out of palm leaves and hang them behind statues on this day. Special services are held in churches.
Purim 12th March 2017 Children listen to the story of Esther. The Jewish people celebrate escaping the conspiracy of being killed by the Royal Decree during the 4th century BC.
Maundy Thursday 13th April 2017 Holy Thursday facilities mainly in Catholic Churches. Priests wash followers’ feet in memory of Jesus’ feet washed. This falls always on the Thursday before Good Friday and depicts the Last Supper given by Jesus Christ. The Eucharist has the initiation day for the Holy Communion on this day.
Good Friday 14th April 2017 This is the day when Jesus was crucified on the Mount Sinai, and is an extremely important day for the Christian faith.
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day 26th March 2017 This is in respect of the Hawaii’s leader, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole.  The celebrations last for one full month.
Holy Saturday 15th April 2017 This is also known as Easter Eve. This is also the beginning of the 40 days Lent period. An Easter vigil celebration held on this day by the Christians. it was the day when Jesus lay on the tomb.
Easter Day 16th April 2017 This is believed to be the day when Jesus Christ resurrected from his tomb.  This is an extremely important day for the Christians. Many people illuminate model eggs by plastic, chocolate candy or even it will be boiled. There are a lot of traditions attached to the Easter Day.
Easter Monday 2017th April 2017 This is the Monday which precedes Easter Sunday. People spend the day amidst numerous festivities.
Seward’s Day 27th March 2017 It is the day to remember when the US purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867. Historic events and storytelling of all ages are the activities held on this particular day.
César Chávez Day 31st March 2017 It is a celebration of the birthday of César Estrada Chávez and serves as a reminder of the areas of human development and social welfare that he had worked upon.
Pascua Florida Day 2nd April 2017 It commemorates the sighting of Florida   by Juan Ponce de León in 1513 , who  was searching for gold and the Fountain of Youth.
National Tartan Day 6th April 2017 The day commemorates the Scottish declaration of independence on which the American declaration of independence was designed upon. It also upheld and lauded the contribution of the Scottish born American people during the War of Independence. They are celebrated for their grit and dedication.
Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday 13th April 2017 This day commemorates the birthday of the 3rd president of the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson. He is known to be the founding fathers of the country and also was one of the pioneers of the Declaration of Independence.
Tax Day 18th April 2017 It the final time to file their income tax details to IRS. This deadline may be extended to contain holidays.
Father Damien Day 15th April 2017 In the state of Hawaii, Father Damien is honored and remembered on this day.  He had worked hard for those afflicted with Leprosy or Hansen disease.
Emancipation Day 16th April 2017 Abraham Lincoln had signed the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862 on this day.
Patriot’s Day 18th April 2017 This day celebrates and remembers those who fought in the Battle of Lexington and Concord
San Jacinto Day 21st April 2017 This day celebrates the battle of Jacinto after which Texas gained its freedom from the state of Mexico.
Oklahoma Day 22nd April 2017 From this day onwards in 1889, the state had allowed the European people to settle in their state.
First day of Passover 23rd April 2017 It is believed that this is the day when God had passed over the houses in Israel. It is the beginning of an important phase for the Jews.
Arbor Day 28th April 2017 It is a natural an environment day. It is a state holiday in Nebraska, where people are encourages to plant trees on the last Friday of April.
Confederate Memorial Day 27th April 2017 & 28th April 2017 On 27th April, Alabama, Florida and Georgia primarily remembers and commemorates the Confederate soldiers.
    On 28th April, it is the turn of the State of Mississippi pays homage to the confederate soldiers.
Administrative Professionals Day 27th April 2017 The administrative people are lauded for their dedication and contribution towards the present governance.
Last Day of Passover 30th April 2017 This day is also known by many other names such as – Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pesach or Pesah etc. on this day the Jewish people remind themselves of the inordinate amount of pain their ancestors took. They also eat a ceremonial feast called Seder.
Law Day, Loyalty Day, National Day of Prayer 1sy May 2017 On the occasion of Law Day, the Citizens of the US are reminded of their own jurisdictions and legislatures.        On the Loyalty Day, they are also reminded of the duties they need o do towards their country.                     Prayer Day is the day when all the citizens come together and hold hands to pray for the well being of their leaders.
Rhode Island Independence Day 4 th May 2017 In 1776 on this day Rhode Island had gained their independence from the British.  They celebrate the day in order to remember the sacrifice of their freedom fighters.
Yom HaShoah 4 th May 2017 This day is a memorial and a mourning day for all those Jewish people who died in the Holocaust of 1933 to 1945.
Cinco de Mayo 5th May 2017 This is a day which the Mexican Americans celebrate to uphold the rich culture and heritage. They also celebrate the French defeat in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Ascension Day 5th May 2017 As mentioned in the New Testament, this is the day when Jesus Christ had ascended back to Heaven.
National Nurses Day 6th May 2017 This day starts off a weeklong celebration upholding and saluting the Nurses. This ends on the day Florence Nightingale was born, which is 12th May.
Truman Day 8th May 2017 Occasions are held to remember the legacy of Harry S. Truman as a birth anniversary in the state of Missouri as he was a native of that state.
Confederate Memorial Day 10th May 2017 The veterans of the Confederate was are acknowledged and paid tribute to on this day.
Mother’s Day 14th May 2017 This time is to respect and appreciate mothers. It is held on the second Sunday of may, and mothers are given gifts,  bought dinners and generally pampered.
Lag Ba’Omer 14th May 2017 Last day of the Omer mourning. People celebrate with friends and family and the day is also considered to be auspicious enough to get married.
National Defense Transportation Day 19th May 2017 on this day, all the people who work for National Defense Transportation are commended.
Yom Ha’atzmaut 1st of May The Jewish people celebrate the Independence Day of Israel. They are deeply rooted to Israel as they believe it to be their spiritual homeland.
Armed Forces Day 20th May 2017 This day is dedicated towards the thousands of men and women who have tirelessly sacrificed their own lives for the US Armed Forces.
Harvey Milk Day 22nd May 2017 This day remembers Harvey Milk, the Gay rights activist who had first come out in the open and also the first gay person to hold a public post.
Pentecost 4th June 2017 Whit Sunday is another name of it. And on this day Christ’s disciples have felt the Holy Spirit descending on them as per the New Testament.
Whit Monday 5th  June 2017 Christian church was established on this day.
Trinity Sunday 11th June 2017 This is the first Sunday after the Pentecost and is celebrated by many. It is mostly celebrated because of the union of the doctrines of trinity.
Trinity Sunday 11th June 2017 It is the symbolic of the unity of the trinity. It is one of the great meals that are celebrated as a concept instead of an event.
Statehood Day 1st June 2017 It remembers the anniversary Hawaii’s statehood. It is a silent day.
Jefferson Davis Birthday 6th June 2017 The state on this day remembers and honors all the people who had laid down their lives while being in the armed forces.
Texas Flag Day 14th June 2017 This is an Annual Holiday in Texas. On this day the independence day celebration was adopted and the Flag Day and the Sam Houston day are also celebrated on the same day. A lot of children’s activities are carried out as well the historical event is reenacted on this day.
Corpus Christi 15th June 2017 Mostly observed by the Catholic Christian Churches, it is also observed in few of the Anglican church as well. The Catholic Christians believe this was the day of the last supper of Jesus. A lot of people choose to receive their communion on this day as well.
D-Day 6th June 2017 This day memorized the soldiers who were part of the Normandy landings. In 1944 during the World War, Normandy forces had reached France on this day and that was a critical juncture of the war.
Kammehameha Day 11th June 2017 The monarch of Hawaii between 201782 and 1819 was Kameshameha the great. This is the day when he is honored for his efforts in uniting and establishing the kingdom of Hawaii.
Flag Day 14th June 2017 People respect each year this Flag day to commemorate the flag’s adoption in the United States and it also celebrates the day when the United States army was formed.
Bunker Hill Day 2017th June 2017 This day is a commemoration of the battle of Bunker Hill fought in 1775.
Shavuot 1st June 2017 The Jews celebrate this as their day that ended slavery when Moses arrived from Mount Sinai. It is believed that he had the stone tablet containing the ten commandments.
Juneteenth 19th June 2017 In 1865, on this very day, slavery had been abolished from the United States and every one had been bestowed with equal rights.
Father’s Day 19th June 2017 In 1907 a number of men , who were fathers had been killed in a mining accident in West Virginia. This day is dedicated to all fathers and people wish them on this day with cards gifts and special dinners.
Independence Day 4th July, 2017 In 1776 after a lot of struggle, America got their independence from the Great Britain. This is a special day and is referred to as the fourth of July, when people remember those who had to struggle hard to gain independence. People decorate their houses and also public places with flags and lights and with patriotic images. Traditionally people enjoy barbecue and fireworks with their family and friends.
Pioneer Day 24th July 2017 The celebration for the entry of Brigham young and the first group of Mormon Pioneers into Utah’s salt lake valley in 1847 is commemorated as the Pioneer Day for their pioneering spirit. The day celebrates for the bravery of the original settlers and the hardship they endured. People take part in marches and parades along with band music.
Parent’s Day 23rd July 2017 In the United States all parental figure are honored by their children. People are urged on this day to take up the true spirit of parenting and asked to become good parents.
Friendship Day 7th August 2017 This day recognizes and salutes the bond of friendship. People on this day tie friendship band on each other’s wrists to proclaim friendship.
Victory Day 14th August 2017 On this day finally after much bloodshed the Allied troops were able to defeat the Japanese army during the World War II. This holiday celebrate the consequence of World War-II and is related to victory over Japan. VJ Day is also known as it marks the anniversary of the Allied forces’ victory.  
Tisha B’Av 14th August 2017 The Jews lament for all the devastating things that they have been subjected to throughout centuries on this day. This includes the destruction of the first and the second temple.
National Aviation Day 19th August 2017 It is the day to celebrate the history and evolution of the aviation which includes the birthday of Orville Wright and his brother Wilbur, who contributed to make powered flight.
Senior Citizens Day 21st August On this day the contribution of the elderly people are remembered and various awareness programs are carried out to bring care and awareness towards senior citizens.
Labor Day 4th September 2017 This is the day when the entire country salutes the working class people who had contributed phenomenally in the growth of the economy. Various labor organizations and their members are acknowledged on this day.
Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day 10th September 2017 This is the day when the President of the United States utges all the residents of this great country to keep their roads clean.
Patriot Day 11th September 2017 it is observed as the national day of Service and remembers the dreaded terrorist attack of 11th September and prays for the remembrances in the memory of 2,977 people  who were killed in the attacks.
National Grandparents Day 11th September 2017 The importance of Grandparents in the nuclear families is emphasized and also family get to ethers and parties are held.
Emancipation Day 22nd Sep 2017 A huge range of activities are arranged in Washington DC in this day.  It is a holiday in Ohio. Concerts, public discussion, poetry reading lying of wreath are done commemorating abolition of slavery.
Rosh Hashana 22nd September 2017 This is the traditional New Year’s day for the Jews. It is an auspicious day when they blow out a special horn and also take part in traditional feasts and also other rituals.
Yom Kippur 30th September 2017 This is probably the holiest day in the Jewish calendar as on this day people fast and pray for the sins that they have committed and seek atonement.
Child Health Day 3rd October 2017 This is a day when the country is urged to remember the importance of having children and how best to take care of them as the children are the country’s future.
Feast of St Francis of Assisi 4th October 2017 This is the day which upholds and celebrates the patron of all natural things St Francis. People on this day bring their pets to the Church for them to be blessed.
Alaska Day 2nd Oct 2017 This day in the United States boost people’s awareness of their children’s health. How to protect and develop their children’s health is the motto of the day.
First Day of Sukkot 4th October 2017 This is a Jewish celebration as the Jewish people solemnly remember the numerous ordeals that their ancestors faced while coming out of Egypt.
Columbus Day, Native Americans’ Day, Indigenous People’s Day 9th October 2017 “The second Monday of October is considered to be the day when Christopher Columbus had embarked upon the land of America in 1492. According to some this is the day of discovery of America as post this settlements from European colonies happened; but some people do not celebrate this day as they believe that this led to the demolition of all aboriginal cultures and traditions.
The Native American’s Day /Indigenous People’s Day – This day does not celebrate Columbus’s arrival and upholds the traditional and indigenous culture of the original American people.”
White Cane Safety Day 15th October 2017 The visually impaired people are commemorated and upheld on this day.  The white cane sticks are what helps the people lead their own lives.
Boss day 16th October 2017 The day is dedicated to Boss’s from the employees. A time for many workers to appreciate their employees. This observance is becoming popular.
Halloween 31st October 2017 What started off long back as a harvesting festival, soon became a day when all the departed souls are remembered. There are many traditional activities and rituals attached to this. This celebration is accompanied with friends, families and neighbors.  Children do a trick or treat on neighbors. Parties and various other interesting events on this theme are held on this day. Parties themes are costume and haunted.
All saints Day 1st November 2017 This is a day celebrating and thanking all those saints who does not have days dedicated to them but are nevertheless helpful and caring.
All Souls Day 2nd  November 2017 Many eastern and western churches observe this occasion. This is the day when people remember all the departed souls and pray for their peace.
Election Day 7th November 2017 Whatever elections, they are always held on the 1st Tuesday of the month of November.  These elections can be of various states, local councils or national level government offices. The governmental representatives too are selected on this day.
Veteran’s Day 11th November 2017 This is the poignant memorial day when all those who living and those who had passed away fighting for the country are commemorated. Various memorials, parades and services are carried out. Those living are felicitated and are given badges of honor and special treatments.
Thanksgiving Day 23rd November 2017 What started as a harvest festival gradually became a family and friends day when the entire family and friends would get together to thanks the almighty about everything that they have been given.  Roasted turkey is a traditional dish associated with this day and other traditional items are served. it is a day for family get together and feasts.
Black Friday 24th November 2017 This is a boisterous day which sees the start of Christmas shopping. It is the day after Thanksgiving and stores give remarkable discounts on this day. The name comes from the sales proceeds being written in black on this day.
Cyber Monday 7th Nov 2017 Celebrated on the Monday after Thanksgiving. A general happy and fun filled day with lot of shopping, mostly online shopping, thus the name Cyber Monday.
Wright Brothers Day 27th Nov 2017 This day remembers and pays homage to the Wright Brothers who had created the first ever airplane which was mechanically propelled and ridden.
First Sunday of Advent 3rd December 2017 Many treat this day as the start of the Christian Year.
St Nicholas Day 6th December 2017 On this day St Nicholas, who is said to be the saint to bring children gifts is celebrated. It is believed that Santa Claus is modeled after him. Families which keep to this tradition get the children some gift.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 24th Nov 2017 This is the sad day of 1941 when the Japanese air fleet had completely devastated Pearl Harbor naval base. This was during World War 2.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception 8th December 2017 This is a day which is observed to reiterate that Mother Mary or Virgin Mary had not committed any sins art all when she had conceived the Lord Jesus.
First Day Of Hanukah 12th December 2017 This is the celebration of the Jewish community for 8 days which celebrates their fight for freedom.
December Solstice 21st Dec 2017 This day ahs the longest day and the shortest night
Christmas Eve 24th December 2017 The last evening before Christmas and a super hectic one with people carrying out their last minute shopping etc. people throng the streets and there is an air of merriment. There is a midnight mass arranged.
Christmas 25th Dec 2017 This is one of the biggest festivals celebrated worldwide. This day commemorates the birthday of Jesus Christ and is a day to celebrate with family and friends. People on this day exchange various gifts and set up a beautiful Christmas tree at home. It is a day of traditions and feasting
Day After Christmas Day, (KS, NC, NH, SC, TX, VA) 26th  Dec 2017 This day is specifically celebrated and observed in the states of South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire,  and Kansas.  These are the states which give their inhabitants a day off after Christmas, so that they can completely enjoy their holiday season.
Kwanzaa 26th  Dec 2017 Maulana Karenga proposed to celebrate the culture and traditions of the African- Americans in the year 1966. There is a showcasing of the culture and traditions of the African- Americans and people celebrate amidst lot of drum and merry musicals.
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 2017 This is the last day of the year and people start gearing up to bid adieu to the year that was.  There are lots and lots of parties and events organized all throughout the country and nobody stays at home. In New York there is a huge and spectacular ball drop and parade to usher in the New Year.