Planning a trip to the United States can be daunting. The country is vast and there is a wealth of things to see and do. It is more or less impossible to fit everything in that you’d love to do but that doesn’t stop you from trying to pack as much as you can.
Some of the most visited tourist attractions include Las Vegas and Times Square and the best national parks such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon continue to attract visitors from around the globe.
However, there is nothing quite like experiencing the major holidays and festivals in the USA. When you’re making your preparations, it is definitely worth having a look at the US holiday calendar to see if you can squeeze one in. It is also worth knowing when the shops will be closed.
There are 10 federal holidays in the US. However, each state has the power to decide if the holiday is observed or not, and to create extra state holidays in the US. Some are only observed by singular states.
Other famous holidays, such as Halloween, Easter and Valentine’s Day, are not observed by days off work but are celebrated nonetheless. Here is a list of the ten most important federal public holidays in the United States.
In general, US national holidays are days off for most people. Government offices are closed, as are many stores, restaurants and other places of work. Nevertheless, many shops and places of leisure continue to function.
As you can see, many of the USA holidays fall on a Monday giving Americans the chance to go on weekend trips to family theme parks and other popular attractions.
If you are planning to visit the US at any of these times you can also participate in the American food festivals which are held during these long weekends.
All of the public holidays in the United States are important in one way or another. However, some of them are serious occasions and do not include festivities. For example, Memorial Day is for paying respects to people who died while serving in the US military.
Here is a list of celebrations which do include festivities which visitors to the US can get involved in (including those which are not official public holidays):