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How To Remember When Major Holidays Are

Holidays are fun, so don't make the mistake of missing out on the ones you like to celebrate.


  • Step 1: Celebrate New Year's Day Celebrate New Year's Day every year on January 1st. The day of the week will change from year to year, but the date to start anew is always January 1st. This may be a good day to get a new calendar and jot down your favorite holidays.
  • Step 2: Find federal holidays online Find all the federal holidays like Martin Luther King Day, Washington's Birthday, Labor Day, Independence Day, and Columbus Day online at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's website.
  • TIP: A good chunk of federal holidays fall on a Monday, so if it's Monday morning, there's a possibility it's a holiday.
  • Step 3: Remember veterans Remember to honor those who fought for our country on Memorial Day, the last Monday in May; Veteran's Day On November 11; and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7.
  • TIP: You can often find activities and remembrance ceremonies dedicated to veterans at cemeteries, churches, and other public meeting places on these holidays.
  • Step 4: Create traditions Create traditions to remember the lighter holidays. Start a betting pool with friends to predict winter's length on February 2nd -- Groundhog's Day. Begin costumes early in October so Halloween on October 31st doesn't pop up and scare you. And if you are coupled, do whatever it takes -- program it into every device you have, use sticky notes, or write it on your hand -- to remember that February 14th is Valentine's Day.
  • Step 5: Add dates to your calendar Don't forget to tell Mom and Dad how appreciative you are on Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, and on Father's Day, the third Sunday in June. Add these dates to a calendar near a phone -- or better yet, into your phone's calendar.
  • Step 6: Learn culture Remember to celebrate cultural holidays by turning them into learning experiences. Attend a Christmas church service on December 25th, or an Easter service on a different spring Sunday every year. Participate in other culturally-specific holiday traditions of Ramadan, Kwanzaa, St. Patrick's Day, Hanukkah, and more. Whatever holiday you celebrate, don't forget to make it special.
  • FACT: Giving your mother a carnation came from another president, William McKinley, who wore a white carnation in tribute to his mom's favorite flower.

You Will Need

  • Calender
  • Internet access
  • Pen
  • Sticky notes

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