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Holiday Lessons

Holiday lessons provide a fun and easy way for students to learn about our government and its history. Each holiday honors a person or event that had a lasting influence on our nation. Federal holidays like the Fourth of July are patriotic. Some holidays originated outside the United States but are enjoyed by Americans of all origins. The holiday material on this civics website includes photo lessons, worksheets, crossword puzzles, PowerPoint presentations, videos, and more. Best wishes on all occasions and holidays, Christina Niven.


New Year's Day - January 1

Inauguration Day - January 20 every fourth year

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Third Monday in January


Black History Month - Month of February

Groundhog Day - February 2

Super Bowl Sunday - Varies

Lincoln's Birthday - February 12

Valentine's Day - February 14 Lesson on Flowers

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday - Day before Ash Wednesday

Presidents Day - Third Monday in February

Chinese New Year - Varies

Washington's Birthday - February 22


National Women's History Month - March

National Grammar Day - March 4

Daylight Savings Time - Varies

Saint Patrick's Day - March 17

Spring - March

Cesar Chavez Day - March 31 (States Vary)


April Fool's Day - Lesson about tricks students can play on April 1.

Easter - Sunday between March 22 and April 25

Easter Lesson 2 - Beginning level ESL Easter Lesson

Library Week - April

Earth Day - April 22

Administrative Professionals Day - April

Arbor Day - Last Friday in April (States Vary)


National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - Month of May

Teacher Appreciation Day - Tuesday of the first full week of May

Cinco de Mayo Lesson 1 - May 5

Cinco de Mayo Lesson 2 - May 5

Mother's Day Lesson 1 - Second Sunday in May

Mother's Day Lesson 2 - Second Sunday in May

Armed Forces Day - third Saturday in May

Memorial Day - Last Monday in May


Graduation - Months of May and June

Flag Day - June 14

Father's Day Lesson 1 - Third Sunday of June

Father's Day Lesson 2 - Third Sunday in June

First Day of Summer Lesson 1 - June

Summer Lesson 2 - June

ESL Lessons for Summer School - Summer school starts in June or July.


Fourth of July - July 4th


Labor Day - September

Patriot Day - September 11

First Week of ESL Class - Varies

Autumn or Fall Lesson 1 - September

Fall or Autumn, Lesson 2 - September


Columbus Day - October 12 or Second Monday in October

United Nations Day - October 24

Halloween - October 31


Daylight Savings Time Ends - November

Election Day - Tuesday following the first Monday of November

Veterans Day - Weekday closest to November 11 - Nov. 11, 2015

Thanksgiving - Fourth Thursday in November


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - December 7

Hanukkah - Varies

Winter - December

Christmas - December 25

Kwanzaa - December 26 to January 1

New Years Eve - December 31