National holidays in the USA commemorate the most significant days in the country’s history or honor its most notable figures. The holidays are presented in chronological order as they are celebrated throughout the year.
USA National Holidays Calendar 2023
|January 1, 2023||New Year’s Day|
|January 16, 2023||Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday|
|February 20, 2023||Washington’s Birthday|
|May 29, 2023||Memorial Day|
|June 19, 2023||Juneteenth National Independence Day|
|July 4, 2023||Independence Day|
|September 4, 2023||Labor Day|
|October 9, 2023||Columbus Day|
|November 11, 2023||Veterans Day|
|November 23, 2023||Thanksgiving Day|
|December 25, 2023||Christmas Day|
Overview of USA National Holidays 2023
New Year’s Day
📅 January 1
This holiday needs no further introduction, as we also celebrate it. In the USA, it is known as New Year’s Day.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
📅 third Monday in January
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist preacher and one of the most significant champions of human rights for African Americans. He played a crucial role in abolishing the laws that segregated Americans into white and black. His efforts earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, but he was tragically assassinated at the age of 39.
Americans honor his legacy on the third Monday in January, and in some states, the holiday is combined with others.
📅 January 20 every fourth year (the one following the presidential election)
Inauguration Day marks the official commencement of the newly elected President of the United States’ term in office. If January 20 falls on a Sunday, Inauguration Day is moved to January 21.
George Washington’s Birthday
📅 third Monday in February
On this national holiday, Americans commemorate the birth of their first president, George Washington. The holiday is sometimes referred to as Presidents Day, as Abraham Lincoln was also born in February.
📅 last Monday in May
Memorial Day, previously known as Day of the Fallen, has been observed across the USA since 1866. Initially, the holiday commemorated the casualties of the American Civil War, but today it honors all those who have died in any war.
Juneteenth National Independence Day
📅 June 19
Juneteenth, America’s newest national holiday, was declared by President Joe Biden on June 17, 2021. It commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves after the Civil War.
The holiday originated in Texas, where Union General Gordon Granger declared slaves’ freedom on June 19, 1865.
📅 July 4
Independence Day is one of America’s most recognizable holidays. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, marking the United States’ independence from Great Britain. Independence Day festivities typically include barbecues, fireworks, and large public gatherings.
📅 first Monday in September
Labor Day is an American holiday honoring the labor movement. On the first Monday in September, the summer season unofficially ends and school begins for children the next day.
📅 second Monday in October
Columbus Day dates back to 1792 when the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America was first celebrated.
📅 November 11
In the USA, war veterans are hailed as heroes, and it’s only fitting they have their own holiday. Veterans Day commemorates the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.
📅 fourth Thursday in November
Thanksgiving is a holiday with a long-standing tradition of expressing gratitude for the fall harvest. A traditional feast, often featuring roast turkey, is a hallmark of this holiday.
📅 December 25
On Christmas Day, Americans traditionally open their presents in the morning. For Christians, the day commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas Day has been a national holiday in the U.S. since 1870.