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List and dates of U.S. Federal Legal Holidays plus many popular celebrations such as Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, National Ice Cream Day, Woodward Dream Cruise (car cruise), Halloween and more.

United States Federal Holidays 2018

  • New Year's Day is January 1, 2018. Monday
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 15, 2018. Monday
  • Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day) is February 19, 2018. Monday
  • Memorial Day is May 28, 2018. Monday
  • Independence Day [July 4th] is July 4, 2018. Wednesday
  • Labor Day is September 3, 2018. Monday
  • Columbus Day (observed) is October 8, 2018. Monday
  • Veterans' Day is November 11, 2018. Sunday
  • Veterans' Day (observed) is November 12, 2018. Monday
  • Thanksgiving is November 22, 2018. Thursday
  • Christmas is December 25, 2018. Tuesday

Federal Legal Holidays – banks and many government offices closed, no postal mail delivery. Most federal employees get paid not to work.

(observed) – when a federal holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, many Federal, State, City, Postal, Bank employees, and some other workers get paid not to work. When holiday is on Saturday, the preceding Friday is their paid day off. When holiday is on Sunday, the following Monday is their paid day off. click → Office of Personnel Management

Extra Federal Holiday every 4th year: Inauguration Day – next on January 20, 2021. It happens on Jan 20th after the U.S. Presedential Election, held every 4 years. Not a public holiday.

Super Bowl Sunday - Super Bowl 2018 / Super Bowl LII (52) is February 4, 2018. Not a holiday, but is one of the most popular celebrations of the year.

2018 Popular USA Holidays Celebrations Observances

January 1, 2018 (monday)  New Year's Day   [Jan 1st every year]

January 8, 2018 (monday)  College Football Championship Game. info

January 9-12, 2018  CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – tradeshow, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

January 13-28, 2018  North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show).

January 15, 2018 (monday)  Martin Luther King Jr. Day. [3rd monday in Jan]

January 24, 2018 (wednesday)  Gobal Belly Laugh Day. [Jan 24th every year]

February 1, 2018 (thursday)  National Freedom Day. [Feb 1st every year]

February 2, 2018 (friday)  Groundhog Day. [Feb 2nd every year]

February 4, 2018 (sunday)  Super Bowl LII (52) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

February 9, 2018 (friday)  National Pizza Day. [Feb 9th every year].  info

February 10-19, 2018  Chicago Auto Show.

February 12, 2018 (monday)  Lincoln's Birthday. [Feb 12th every year]. Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.

February 14, 2018 (wednesday)  St. Valentine's Day . [Feb 14th every year]

February 19, 2018 (monday)  Washington's Birthday / Presidents' Day (observed). [3rd monday in Feb]

February 13, 2018 (tuesday)  Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday, day before Lent starts.

February 13, 2018 (tuesday)  Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, LA.

March 17, 2018 (saturday)  St. Patrick's Day – celebrating Irish culture. [March 17th every year]  info

March 17, 2018 (saturday)  Earth Hour – starts 8:30 pm (your local time) [3rd sat in March].

March 30, 2018  Good Friday. the Friday before Easter Sunday, U.S. stock market is closed.

April 1, 2018  Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018 (sunday)  April Fool's Day. a day of practical jokes and gags. [April 1st every year]

April 6, 2018 (friday)  National Tartan Day, celebrating Scottish Americans. April 6th every year.

April 13, 2018 (friday)  Thomas Jefferson's birthday. [April 13 every year]. born April 13, 1743.

April 17, 2018 (tuesday)  Tax Day – last day to file federal taxes without penalty. U.S. Debt Per Citizen is now over 60 Thousand Dollars! Debt Per Taxpayer is over 163 Thousand Dollars! U.S. Debt is growing by the second, see → U.S. National Debt Clock

April 21, 2018 (saturday)  Record Store Day. (music record stores). 3rd Saturday every April.

April 22, 2018 (sunday)  Earth Day. [April 22nd every year]

April 25, 2018 (wednesday)  Administrative Professionals Day (Secretary's Day).  info

May 1, 2018 (tuesday)  Loyalty Day. [May 1st every year].

May 3, 2018 (thursday)  National Day of Prayer. a day for all faiths to pray for our nation and its leaders. [first Thursday in May]

May 5, 2018 (saturday)  Cinco de Mayo. a celebration of Mexican culture. May 5th every year.

May 5, 2018 (saturday)  Kentucky Derby horse race.

May 13, 2018 (sunday)  Mother's Day. [2nd sunday in May]

May 15, 2018 (tuesday)  Peace Officers Memorial Day. [every May 15th] a day in honor of Federal, State, local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

May 19, 2018 (saturday)  Armed Forces Day [3rd saturday in May]

May 22, 2018 (tuesday)  National Maritime Day [May 22nd every year]

May 28, 2018 (monday)  Memorial Day [last Monday in May]

June 1, 2018 (friday)  National Doughnut Day. [first Friday in June]

June 14-17, 2018  U.S. Open Golf Championship in Southampton, New York.

June 17, 2018 (sunday)  Father's Day. [3rd sunday in June]

July 4, 2018 (wednesday)  Independence Day USA. [July 4th every year]
Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776.
see → Why We Celebrate July 4th

July 22, 2018 (sunday)  National Ice Cream Day. details

July 22, 2018 (sunday)  Parents' Day. [4th Sunday in July]

August 3-12, 2018 (monday-sunday)  Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - 77th Annual - in Sturgis, South Dakota.

August 18, 2018 (saturday)  Woodward Dream Cruise 2018. World famous car cruise in metro Detroit. This is actually a week's worth of showing classic cars, specialty vehicles, and cruisin. Over one million people attend each year.  woodward_dream_cruise.html

August 19, 2018 (sunday)  National Aviation Day. [Aug 19th every year]

September 3, 2018 (monday)  Labor Day. [first Monday in Sept]

September 9, 2018 (sunday)  National Grandparents Day. [first sunday after Labor Day]

September 11, 2018 (tuesday)  Patriot Day (a.k.a. 9/11) [September 11th every year] – observance to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist plane attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and other targets on Sept 11, 2001.

September 16, 2018 (sunday)  Stepfamily Day. [Sept 16th every year]

September 17, 2018 (monday)  Constitution Day & Citizenship Day. [Sept 17th every year] If on a saturday or sunday, it's observed on work day closest to the 17th.

The United States Constitution signed on September 17, 1787. It was Ratified on March 4, 1789. Read our Constitution:

September 21, 2018 (friday)  National POW/MIA Recognition Day. [3rd friday in Sept]

September 28, 2018 (friday)  Native American Day. [4th friday in September] but celebrated, observed many different days.

October 8, 2018 (monday)  Columbus Day (observed). [2nd monday in Oct]

October 17, 2018 (monday)  Boss's Day (observed) (National Bosses Day). [Oct 16th every year]. If on a saturday or sunday, it is observed on the work day closest to the 16th.

October 20, 2018 (saturday)  Sweetest Day. [3rd saturday in Oct]

October 31, 2018 (wednesday)  Halloween (Halloween Day) [Oct 31st every year]

November 11, 2018 (sunday)  Veterans' Day [Nov 11th every year]
November 12, 2018 (monday)  Veterans' Day (observed) – federal employees paid day off.

November 22, 2018 (thursday)  Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Day). [4th thursday in Nov]

November 22-23, 2018  Black Friday Christmas Shopping Frenzy – mostly starts on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2018  Cyber Monday Christmas Shopping Frenzy – the Monday after Thanksgiving, follows Black Friday Christmas shopping frenzy with more focus on internet/online and mobile buying.

December 2-10, 2018  Hanukkah (Chanukah, Chanukkah)

December 7, 2018 (friday)  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day [Dec 7th every year]. USA attacked in 1941, brought us into WWII.

December 17, 2018 (monday)  Wright Brothers Day. [Dec 17th every year]

December 25, 2018 (tuesday)  Christmas [Christmas Day, Dec 25th every year]

December 31, 2018 (monday)  New Year's Eve. [Dec 31st every year]

U.S. Daylight Savings Time 2018
• STARTS: March 11, 2018 at 2 a.m. (set clocks AHEAD one hour)
• ENDS: November 4, 2018 at 2 a.m. (set clocks BACK one hour)

U.S. daylight savings time future start and end dates...
start: move clocks AHEAD one hour at 2am on second Sunday in March.
end: move clocks BACK one hour at 2am on first Sunday of November.

SEASONS 2018    Spring – Summer – Fall (Autumn) – Winter
March 20, 2018 – Vernal Equinox – beginning of Spring.
June 21, 2018 – June Solstice – beginning of Summer.
September 22, 2018 – Autumnal Equinox – beginning of Fall (Autumn).
December 21, 2018 – December Solstice – beginning of Winter.

April 2024 – next Total Solar Eclipse in the United States.

More American Patriotic and National Observances

ARMY birthday – June 14th
COAST GUARD birthday – August 4th  [US Coast Guard established 4 August 1790]
• AIR FORCE birthday – September 18th  bonus info → .doc + U.S. Air Force Highlights
NAVY birthday – October 13th
MARINE CORPS birthday – November 10th

• Washington's Birthday: February 22nd (traditional date, not observed date)
• National Poison Prevention Week: third week in March
• Law Day, U.S.A.: May 1st every year
• Police Week: week which has May 15th in it
• National Flag Week: the week in which June 14th falls
• Honor America Days: June 14th through July 4th
• Constitution Week: September 17th through September 23rd
• Gold Star Mother's Day: last Sunday in September (Sept. 24, 2017)
• Child Health Day: first Monday in October (Oct. 2, 2017)
• Leif Erikson Day: October 9th every year

Several Important Dates in U.S. History

Why We Celebrate July 4th and What Our independence Is Really All About.

Boston Tea Party – December 16, 1773. A protest to the Tea Act (tax imposed on tea by England). England trying to force people in the colonies to pay that tax was a big catalyst to our independence and becoming The United States Of America. The modern day Tea Party (TEA - Taxed Enough Already) is not a political party. They are individuals and organizations who resemble our forefathers who protested that tax by England. Read about this, see similarities to today.

Declaration of Independence – Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776. Read it!

In The Declaration of Independence, it clearly states ...
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

The United States Constitution (Constitution of the United States of America), September 17, 1787. Ratified on March 4, 1789. Read the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights!

Here is the Preamble of the Constitution...
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

U.S. Civil War – was from 1861 to 1865. timeline + more details

World War I (World War 1) – July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. The U.S. Congress officially declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. WWI information and resources

World War II (World War 2, WW2) – 1939 to 1945. The U.S. officially declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. WWII timeline details

Popular Sports Events and Special Events in the U.S.

College Bowls Mens Football   mid Dec 2017 to January 8, 2018.

College Football Championship Game is January 8, 2018 (Monday night). CFP National Championship.

NFL Playoffs (National Football League) in January, 2018.

Super Bowl LII (52) (Super Bowl 2018) is February 4, 2018 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Game on NBC TV, Kickoff 6:35 pm.

• Mardi Gras Carnival – February 28, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. annual nationally known event for parades and grand outlandish partying.  info site  web cams  Future Dates

Daytona 500 is February 26, 2017 (Sunday). Nascar race, usually the 3rd or 4th Sunday in February.

Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. March 10-19, 2017. motorcycles and partying.

March Madness (NCAA Mens College Basketball Title Tournament) – starts in mid-March, Title Game April 3, 2017.

WWE WrestleMania XXXIII (33) – April 2, 2017.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (National Hockey League) – annual, starts in April, finals in June.

NBA Playoffs (National Basketball Association) – annual, starts in April, finals in June.

Kentucky Derby: May 5, 2018. Horse racing (first Saturday in May).

Preakness Stakes: May 20, 2017. Horse racing (two weeks after Kentucky Derby).

Indianapolis 500: May 28, 2017. (Sunday of Memorial Weekend).

Belmont Stakes: June 10, 2017. Horse racing (three weeks after the Preakness).

U.S. Open Golf Championship: June 14-17, 2018 in Southampton, New York.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – 77th in Sturgis, South Dakota: August 7-13, 2017. lots of motorcycles and partying.

Monterey Car Week: TBA 2017, in Monterey, California. classic, vintage & stylish cars.

Woodward Dream Cruise is August 19, 2017. Annual World Famous Car Cruise held in Metro Detroit, Michigan, and celebrated all week leading up to the official day. The WDC, the most popular car cruise on earth atteded by about one million people annually, is on the third Saturday in August every year.

World Series (MLB) – annual Major League Baseball championship series, usually starts in the 3rd week of October.

on a related note... below are the next Olympics dates and locations.

Winter Olympics 2018 (XXIII Olympic Winter Games) is February 9 to 25, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. click → Olympics 2018

Summer Olympics 2020 (XXXII Olympiad - Olympic Summer Games) is July 14 to August 9, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. click → Olympics 2020

   For More Sports Info, try ...
• Most Major Sporting Events general info:
• Most Major Sporting Events future dates: future dates
• Professional Golf: PGA official site and PGA Tour
• NASCAR Car Racing: NASCAR official site (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing)

Some Months Are Known As ...

• February: African American Heritage Month / American Heart Month
• March: National Women's History Month, National Kidney Month
• April: Cancer Control Month / National Youth Sports Safety Month
• May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month / Older Americans Month
• July: National Ice Cream Month. details
• September: National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15)
• October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month
• November: National American Indian Heritage Month

Bonus: More Websites about Holidays and Popular Dates

The Ultimate Holiday Site

National Day Calendar

Brownielocksbizarre, crazy, silly, unknown holidays and observances

When Is – dates of religious and civil holidays around the world.

Holiday Smart – site for resources about significant dates

time and – calendar dates & many holiday dates

A Personal Note from Music Slavin Mike
This page is not a definitive holidays list, nor meant to be. These are highlights. Being in the entertainment business, my list is to help us know about significant dates and events that many people are planning for or talking about.

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