National holidays in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts
Among the most important national holidays in the U.S. is Thanksgiving. It is celebrated on the third Thursday in November, and it calls for “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer”, as former president George Washington said in the first proclamation of the holiday. For many Americans, the meaning of Thanksgiving includes spending time with family, being thankful, having a good meal, remembering the history, and giving something back.
Right after Thanksgiving, Black Friday kicks off the Christmas shopping season with special offers and promotional sales. Consumer spending peaks during this time each year.
Christmas is another important holiday and the most profitable national holiday in the U.S. In 2016, Christmas holiday retail sales registered a 3.6 percent growth compared to the previous year.
Following the Christmas celebration is New Year’s Eve, celebrated with fireworks and parties, either at home or out in public places, such as restaurants or bars. The most well-known event in the U.S. for New Year’s Eve is the ball drop that takes place in New York City’s Time Square and is televised every year.
When asked about whether they will celebrate Easter or not, 80 percent of American adults said that they are going to do so, spending money on special seasonal items, many of them of the chocolate variety. Easter chocolate sales in the U.S. increase significantly during the 6 weeks leading up to Easter. Unlike the other holidays mentioned, Easter holidays are not federal holidays mandated by the U.S government.
However, for Americans, no day is more important than the Fourth of July, when the U.S. celebrates Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The day is usually spent with barbecues, fireworks, parades or vacations. It is the National Day of the US and celebrated throughout the country.
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