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This page starts with U.S. Federal Legal Holidays because on these dates many government offices, banks and businesses will be closed.
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United States Federal Holidays 2015

  • New Year's Day is January 1, 2015 (thursday).
  • Martin Luther King Day is January 19, 2015 (monday).
  • Washington's Birthday / Presidents Day is February 16, 2015 (monday).
  • Memorial Day (observed) is May 25, 2015 (monday).
  •     [July 3, 2015 (friday) – Federal Employees paid day off for Independence Day]
  • Independence Day is July 4, 2015 (saturday) [July 4th].
  • Labor Day is September 7, 2015 (monday).
  • Columbus Day (observed) is October 12, 2015 (monday).
  • Veterans' Day is November 11, 2015 (wednesday).
  • Thanksgiving Day is November 26, 2015 (thursday).
  • Christmas Day is December 25, 2015 (friday).

Extra Federal Holiday every 4th year: Inauguration Day – next on January 20, 2017. It happens on Jan 20th after the U.S. Presedential Election, held every 4 years.

Be Aware if a federal public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
Many Federal, State, City, Postal, Bank employees, other workers take an extra day off work. When a holiday falls on saturday, they might not work on the preceding friday. When a holiday falls on sunday, they might not work on the following monday. See July 3, 2015, above.

Good source to see dates of Federal Employees Holidays days off
click → Office of Personnel Management

Popular USA Holidays Celebrations Observances

  • 2015
  • January 1, 2015 (thursday)  New Year's Day   [Jan 1st every year]
  • January 6-9, 2015  International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) CES info – world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. New cool stuff we might use or own.
  • January 12, 2015 (monday)  College Football BCS Championship Game in Arlington, TX. info
  • January 12-25, 2015  North American International Auto Show (NAIS, Detroit Auto Show). info
  • January 19, 2015 (monday)  Martin Luther King Day. [3rd monday in Jan]
  • January 24, 2015 (saturday)  Global Belly Laugh Day. [Jan 24th every year] info
  • February 1, 2015 (sunday)  National Freedom Day. [Feb 1st every year]
  • February 1, 2015 (sunday)  Super Bowl XLIX (49) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. www.nfl.com/superbowl + azsuperbowl.com
  • February 2, 2015 (monday)  Groundhog Day. [Feb 2nd every year]
  • February 12, 2015 (thursday)  Lincoln's Birthday. [Feb 12th every year]
  • February 14, 2015 (saturday)  St. Valentines Day. [Feb 14th every year]
  • February 14-22, 2015  Chicago Auto Show. info
  • February 16, 2015 (monday)  Presidents Day + Washington's Birthday (observed). [3rd monday in Feb]
  • February 17, 2015 (tuesday)  Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday. day before Lent starts.
  • February 17, 2015 (tuesday)  Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans.  info
  • March 17, 2015 (tuesday)  St. Patrick's Day – celebrating Irish culture. [March 17th every year]  info
  • March, 2015  March Madness – Mens College Basketball Title Tournament
       NCAA Division 1 Title Game April 6, 2015. details + more info
  • March 29, 2015 (sunday)  WWE WrestleMania 31. info
  • March 28, 2015 (saturday ) Earth Hour – starts 8:30 p.m. (your local time) details
  • April 1, 2015 (wednesday)  April Fool's Day. a day of practical jokes and gags. [April 1st every year]
  • April 3, 2015  Good Friday. [the Friday before Easter Sunday] (U.S. stock market is closed).
  • April 5, 2015  Easter Sunday
  • April 6, 2015 (monday)  National Tartan Day. national holiday for Scottish Americans. April 6th every year.  info
  • April 13, 2015 (monday)  Thomas Jefferson's birthday. [April 13 every year]. born April 13, 1743.
  • April 15, 2015 (wednesday)  Tax Day – last day to file federal taxes without penalty.
    U.S. Debt Per Citizen is over 53 Thousand Dollars! Debt Per Taxpayer is over 148 Thousand Dollars!
    U.S. Debt is growing by the second, see → U.S. National Debt Clock
  • April 18, 2015 (saturday)  Record Store Day. (music record stores). 3rd Saturday every April. info
  • April 22, 2015 (wednesday)  Earth Day. [April 22nd every year] info
  • April 22, 2015 (wednesday)  Administrative Professionals Day (Secretary's Day). info
  • May 1, 2015 (friday)  Loyalty Day. [May 1st every year].
  • May 7, 2015 (thursday)  National Day of Prayer. a day for all faiths to pray for our nation and its leaders. [first Thursday in May]
  • May 2, 2015 (saturday)  Kentucky Derby horse race.
  • May 5, 2015 (tuesday)  Cinco de Mayo. a celebration of Mexican culture. May 5th every year.  info
  • May 10, 2015 (sunday)  Mother's Day. [2nd sunday in May]
  • May 15, 2015 (friday)  Peace Officers Memorial Day. [May 15th every year] info
        in honor of Federal, State, local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.
  • May 16, 2015 (saturday)  Armed Forces Day [3rd saturday in May]
  • May 22, 2015 (friday)  National Maritime Day [May 22nd every year]
  • May 25, 2015 (monday)  Memorial Day (observed) [last Monday in May]
  • June 5, 2015 (friday)  National Doughnut Day. [first Friday in June]
  • June 15-21, 2015  U.S. Open Golf Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
  • June 21, 2015 (sunday)  Father's Day. [3rd sunday in June]
  • July 3, 2015 (friday)  Federal Employees paid day off for Independence Day
  • July 4, 2015 (saturday)  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 15, 2015 (wednesday)  National Ice Cream Day. [July 15 every year] details
  • July 26, 2015 (sunday)  Parents' Day. [4th Sunday in July]
  • August 3-9, 2015 (monday-sunday)  Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - 75th Annual - in Sturgis, South Dakota. details
  • August 15, 2015 (saturday)  Woodward Dream Cruise 2014. 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. details
  • August 19, 2015 (wednesday)  National Aviation Day. [Aug 19th every year]
  • September 7, 2015 (monday)  Labor Day. [first Monday in Sept]
  • September 11, 2015 (friday)  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, other targets on Sept 11, 2001.
  • September 13, 2015 (sunday)  National Grandparents Day. [first sunday after Labor Day]
  • September 16, 2015 (wednesday)  Stepfamily Day. [Sept 16th every year] info 1 + info 2
  • September 17, 2015 (thursday)  Constitution Day & Citizenship Day. [Sept 17th every year] If it falls on a saturday or sunday, it is observed on the work day closest to the 17th.
  • The United States Constitution, September 17, 1787. was Ratified on March 4, 1789.
     read our Constitution and the Bill Of Rights
  • September 25, 2015 (friday)  Native American Day. [4th friday in September] celebrated (observed) many different days.
  • October 12, 2015 (monday)  Columbus Day (observed). [2nd monday in Oct]
  • October 16, 2015 (friday)  Boss's Day (National Bosses Day). [Oct 16th every year]. But if it falls on a saturday or sunday, it is observed on the work day closest to the 16th.
  • October 17, 2015 (saturday)  Sweetest Day. [3rd saturday in Oct]
  • October 31, 2015 (saturday)  Halloween (Halloween Day) [Oct 31st every year]
  • November 3, 2015 (tuesday)  Election Day voting. [first tuesday after first monday in Nov]
  • November 11, 2015 (wednesday) Veterans' Day [Nov 11th every year]
  • November 26, 2015 (thursday)  Thanksgiving Day. [4th thursday in Nov]
  • November 26 + 27, 2015  Black Friday Christmas Shopping Specials – annual Christmas Shopping frenzy starts on Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • December 6-14, 2015  Hanukkah (Chanukah, Chanukkah) info 1 + info 2
  • December 7, 2015 (monday)  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day [Dec 7th every year]. USA attacked in 1941, brought us into WWII info
  • December 17, 2015 (thursday)  Wright Brothers Day. [Dec 17th every year]
  • December 25, 2015 (friday)  Christmas [Christmas Day, Dec 25th every year]
  • December 31, 2015 (thursday)  New Year's Eve. [Dec 31st every year]

  • 2016
  • January 1, 2016 (friday)  New Year's Day   [Jan 1st every year]
  • January 18, 2016 (monday)  Martin Luther King Day. [3rd monday in Jan]
  • February 15, 2016 (monday)  Presidents Day + Washington's Birthday (observed). [3rd monday in Feb]
  • May 30, 2016 (monday)  Memorial Day (observed) [last Monday in May]
  • July 4, 2016 (monday)  Independence Day USA. [July 4th every year]
        Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776.
        see → Why We Celebrate July 4th
  • September 5, 2016 (monday)  Labor Day. [first Monday in Sept]
  • October 10, 2016 (monday)  Columbus Day (observed). [2nd monday in Oct]
  • November 11, 2016 (friday)  Veterans' Day [Nov 11th every year]
  • November 24, 2016 (thursday)  Thanksgiving Day. [4th thursday in Nov]
  • December 25, 2016 (sunday)  Christmas [Christmas Day, Dec 25th every year]
  •     December 26, 2016 (monday)  Federal Employees paid day off for Christmas.

U.S. Daylight Savings Time 2015
• STARTS: March 8, 2015 at 2 a.m. (set clocks AHEAD one hour)
• ENDS: November 1, 2015 at 2 a.m. (set clocks BACK one hour)

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

SEASONS 2015    Spring – Summer – Fall (Autumn) – Winter
March 20, 2015 is the Vernal Equinox – beginning of Spring.
June 21, 2015 is the June Solstice – beginning of Summer.
September 23, 2015 is the Autumnal Equinox – beginning of Fall (Autumn).
December 21, 2015 is the December Solstice – beginning of Winter.

EARTH HOUR is MARCH 28, 2015 – Saturday – starts 8:30 p.m. (your local time).
info at www.earthhour.org – concept is for as many people as possible around the world to turn off lights for an hour. Security and emergency lighting will remain on. Millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations around the globe turn off their lights for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America participate annually on last saturday in March.

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 the observed date listed above)
• 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. 28, 2014)
• Child Health Day: first Monday in October (Oct. 6, 2014)
• 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 the Boston Tea Party and consider how similar it is to todays situation.

Declaration of Independence – Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776. read the Declaration

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 entire Constitution plus 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

College Nascar NBA NFL NHL MLB and More...
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Popular Sports Events and Special Events in the U.S.

College Bowls Mens Football   mid Dec 2014 to Jan 5, 2015. use link for list of bowls, teams, dates.

College Football BCS Championship Game is January 12, 2015 (Monday night), in Arlington, Texas.

NFL Playoffs (National Football League) TBA January, 2015.

North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show, NAIAS)  January 12-25, 2015.
    NAIAS Auto Show days open to the public are Jan 17-25 (public show).

International CES 2015 (Consumer Electronics Show) is January 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas.
    note: CES is the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow and is an annual event.

Super Bowl XLIX (49) is February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. websites: www.nfl.com/superbowl + azsuperbowl.com

• Mardi Gras Carnival: February 17, 2015 in New Orleans. info site web cams Future Dates. annual event. Carnival starts before official day with parades and partying until Midnight on Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Daytona 500 is February 22, 2015 (Sunday). Nascar race, usually the 3rd or 4th Sunday in February.

• Spring Break (college) – 1st week of March to 1st week of April. Each school hass its specific week(s).

Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. March 6-15, 2015. motorcycles and partying.

March Madness (NCAA Mens College Basketball Title Tournament) – starts 3rd week in March, Title Game April 6, 2015.

WWE WrestleMania XXXI (31) – March 29, 2015.

Tea Party Rallies: different days in many cities throughout the U.S., re: politicians tax and spending.

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

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

Kentucky Derby: May 2, 2015. Horse racing (first Saturday in May).

Preakness Stakes: May 16, 2015. Horse racing (two weeks after Kentucky Derby).

Indianapolis 500: May 24, 2015. (Sunday of Memorial Weekend).

Belmont Stakes: June 6, 2015. Horse racing (three weeks after the Preakness).

U.S. Open Golf Championship: June 15-21, 2015 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – 75th in Sturgis, South Dakota: August 3-9, 2015. lots of motorcycles and partying.

Monterey Car Week: 10-16, 2015 in Monterey, California. classic, vintage & stylish cars.

Woodward Dream Cruise is August 15, 2015. 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) – TBA October 2015. annual Major League Baseball championship series, usually starts in the 3rd week of October, every year.

on a related note... below are the next Olympics dates and locations. Go U.S.!

Summer Olympics 2016 (XXXI Olympiad - Olympic Summer Games) is August 5 to 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. for info, click → Olympics 2016

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

   For More Sports Info, try ...
• Most Major Sporting Events general info: johnnyroadtrip.com
• Most Major Sporting Events future dates: johnnyroadtrip.com future dates, sites, links
• 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 for information about Holidays and Popular Dates

• List of serious holidays plus the Fun and Strange → The Ultimate Holiday Site – every day has something! such as...National Lazy Day, National Beheading Day, National Failures Day, National Root Beer Float Day, National Toasted Marshmallow Day, etc.

When Is – dates of religious and civil holidays around the world.
• Good site for holidays and their dates → Holiday Smart
• Good site for resources about significant dates → LibrarySupportStaff.com
• Good site for calendar dates & holiday dates → time and date.com
• Sites with additional info for holidays & dates → [Site 1] [Site 2] [Site 3] [Site 4].
• Very Cool Site → Brownielocks - "bizarre, crazy, silly, unknown holidays and observances"

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 you know about the significant dates and events that many people are planning for or talking about.

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