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This lesson covers the standard 1.H.1.2: Explain the importance of folklore and celebrations and their impact on local communities.

Here are your I can statements:

  1. I can name different national holidays that are celebrated in the United States.
  2. I can explain why each national holiday is important.
  3. I can determine the role holidays and celebrations play in a community.

This tutorial will cover some of these I can statements and we will go over the others in class.

National Holidays

This video covers the 10 different national holidays that we celebrate in the United States.

The Holidays

New Year's Day- This is the day we celebrate a change in the year. It is the day on which the calendar starts over with January. Many people make resolutions for themselves on New Year's Day. These are goals that they have for themselves in the new year.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day- This holiday is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January because that date is close to Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Dr. Martin Luther King played a huge role in the Civil Rights movement. He said that all people should be treated equally, no matter what color their skin is.

President's Day- President's Day is a day on which we remember all of the presidents of the USA. It is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February because this is close to George Washington's birthday. Our presidents have worked hard to make our country great, so it is important that we celebrate what they have done for us.

Memorial Day- Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It is a day for honoring men and women who have died serving our country in the military.

Independence Day- We celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. On July 4th in 1776, we passed the Declaration of Independence. This made the United States its own country and gave us all freedom from Britain. 

Labor Day- Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It celebrates all the hard work of Americans everywhere. If Americans were not such hard workers, our country would not be where it is today.

Columbus Day- In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue! We celebrate Columbus Day because Christopher Columbus is the explorer who found North America. Before that, no one knew this land existed.

Veteran's Day- Veteran's Day is a day that we thank people who have served in the military. A veteran is anyone who has fought in the armed forces of the USA.

Thanksgiving Day- Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday in November. The first Thanksgiving happened in 1621. The Pilgrims and the American Indians held a feast to celebrate their first harvest of food.



Celebrations Around the World

Other countries celebrate different holidays. What do all holidays have in common? They bring people together. They are an important piece of a place's culture and help create communities.

Websites to Learn More

Click on each of the websites below. For the first two websites, read the information about each holiday. The last website is just for fun! Choose a holiday and play a game or do an activity that goes with that holiday.

  1. USA for Kids: Let's Celebrate!
  2. More About Each Holiday
  3. Holiday Games and Activities