Major Holidays and Celebrations in the U.S.

Major Holidays and Celebrations in the U.S.

The United States is an interesting and exciting place to visit at any time of year. However, tourists in the US for one of the main festivities and annual celebrations can enjoy an extra special vacation.

International travelers planning a trip to the US can find out below about the biggest celebrations of the year including dates of upcoming holidays and what to expect when visiting the U.S. for:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Halloween
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve 

Chinese citizens who wish to experience any of these events in the U.S. should ensure they have the correct visa and complete the EVUS enrollment before departure.

Chinese New Year Celebrations in the U.S.

There is a large Chinese population in the United States of America. For this reason, Chinese New Year is a significant annual event. There’s no need for Chinese travelers in the U.S. to miss out on this special occasion: Chinatowns across America organize events, parades, and festivals.

Chicago is one of the best places to spend Chinese New Year in the U.S. A lantern festival and concerts are amongst the highlights. 

San Francisco is an excellent choice. A parade featuring floats, dancers, and gongs fills the street and attracts crowds of spectators.

Of course, food plays an important role in the New Year celebrations. Spring rolls, noodles, dumplings, and wontons are served up by local eateries.

When is Chinese New Year in 2021

Anyone who would like to experience Chinese New Year in the United States should start planning their trip early as it is a popular time to visit the main Chinatowns. Chinese New Year is not a public holiday in the U.S.

The next Chinese New Year celebration officially begins on Friday, February 12th, 2021, and lasts until Monday 22nd. 2021 is the Year of the Ox.

Independence Day, Fourth of July Holiday

July 4th marks the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. The Declaration of Independence was a pivotal moment in the history of the U.S. and is celebrated enthusiastically each year.

Independence Day is a public holiday and, although a patriotic festivity, there is plenty for visitors to get involved with. To make the most of the pleasant July weather in the U.S. most of the day is spent outdoors. Sports events, barbecues, and picnics are enjoyed in the company of family and friends. 

Independence Day in the U.S. is an opportunity for overseas visitors to sample some of the foods associated with American culture such as hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese, and fruit pies.

Travelers who want to get more of a taste for U.S. cuisine can get tickets for the Taste of Chicago Food Festival held to mark Independence Day. The huge outdoor events feature restaurants from throughout the city who prepare their specialty dishes for attendees.

Other popular fourth of July events in the U.S.

  • AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl Stadium
  • National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC
  • Firework display over Brooklyn Bridge in NYC
  • Virginia Beach Stars and Stripes Explosion

When is independence day in the United States?

Independence day is celebrated on July 4th each year, the day on which the written declaration of independence was published. The agreement was actually made on July 2nd.

Independence Day 2021 falls on Sunday, July 4th.

Halloween Events in the U.S.

Halloween is the spookiest date on the calendar in the U.S. Towards the end of October each year, shops and homes are decorated with the typical symbols of Halloween including ghosts, witches, and jack-o’-lanterns.

It’s a great time to travel to the United States with children who will enjoy getting dressed up in scary costumes. Going trick-or-treating is a popular Halloween activity: kids visit homes in their local neighborhoods asking for candy.

Tourists in the United States for Halloween can enjoy street parties and costume parades, some of the best places to be are:

  • Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Anoka, Minnesota
  • San Antonio, Texas

Major theme parks such as Disneyland in Orlando and Legoland in Florida put on special Halloween shows.

When is Halloween celebrated in the U.S.?

Halloween is on October 31st each year. The following day, November 1st is All Saint’s Day whilst some areas of the States hold special events to mark the Day of the Dead on November 2nd.

  • Halloween 2020: Saturday, October 31st 
  • Halloween 2021: Sunday, October 31st 

Thanksgiving: a Major American Holiday

Tourists in America for Thanksgiving can experience one of the most important holidays of the year. It is a federal holiday in 50 U.S. states with many workers enjoying a 4-day weekend.

Families gather together on the fourth Thursday of November, traditionally to mark the first successful harvest of the early pilgrim settlers from England. The traditional Thanksgiving feast includes roast turkey with vegetables and gravy and pumpkin pie for dessert.

Other than enjoying a home-cooked meal, Americans tend to spend the day relaxing, watching American football, or attending a Thanksgiving parade. New York, Houston, and Seattle are just some of the cities with parades.

Being in a U.S. city for Thanksgiving is an excellent way for travelers to get an insight into American family life and traditions. However, as a major holiday, visitors should be aware that many services and restaurants will remain closed, so it's especially important to plan the trip in advance.

Thanksgiving dates 2020 and 2021

The exact date of Thanksgiving changes each year. It is held on the fourth Thursday of November and therefore falls between the 22nd and 28th, depending on the year.

  • Thanksgiving 2020: Thursday, November 26th
  • Thanksgiving 2021: Thursday, November 25th

Spending Christmas in the United States

The entire Christmas period is a magical time to be in the U.S. The build-up begins in early December, visitors can enjoy streets decorated with colorful lights, Christmas trees, and a merry atmosphere across the country.

Santa Claus is one of the most popular Christmas traditions in the U.S. Children await the arrival of Father Christmas overnight on 24th December, hoping that their stockings will be filled with gifts.

Whilst locals spend the day itself with close family, tourists will find many restaurants remain open serving a traditional Christmas lunch of turkey with stuffing, roasted root vegetables, and gravy.

Where to celebrate Christmas in the U.S.

As one of the most important Christian festivals of the year, Christmas is celebrated across the United States of America. However, for the biggest festive events, sightseers should consider heading to one of the following cities:

  • New York for ice skating at the Rockefeller Center 
  • Christmas Town USA to see more than 400 Christmas trees
  • Leavenworth for sleigh rides and a Christmas market
  • Newport Beach to see the Christmas boat parade
  • Chicago to soak up the festive atmosphere

What day is Christmas 2020 and 2021?

Christmas day is celebrated on 25th December each year. The day before Christmas, December 24th, is known as Christmas Eve.

  • Christmas Day 2020: Friday, December 25th
  • Christmas Day 2021: Saturday December 25th

New Year’s Eve Parties in the U.S.

Travelers can welcome in the New Year in style in the USA. Parties, fireworks, and other special events are held on New Year’s Eve in America. The annual countdown in Times Square has become a famous event across the globe: the ball drop and fireworks display are watched by millions each year.

Of course, aside from Times Square, there are many other places to mark the beginning of the new year in the U.S. International visitors are sure to enjoy all night celebrations held in Los Angeles, with parties in the streets and exclusive events held at bars and clubs.

Chicago, Las Vegas, and Honolulu are other great alternatives for overseas visitors. Each city offers a different yet equally joyous New Year’s Eve experience.

What day does New Year’s Eve fall on in 2020?

The New Year’s Eve parties and events take place on the evening of December 31st each year. January 1st, New Year’s Day, is a public holiday in the U.S. and most businesses remain closed.

  • New Year’s Eve 2020: Thursday, December 31st
  • New Year’s Eve 2021: Friday, December 31st

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, events and celebrations may be canceled or scaled back. Travelers should check the latest information and advice before making plans.

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