People in the United States are honoring Monday those who died in military service with the annual Memorial Day holiday.
While many communities across the country honored war dead with parades, patriotic concerts and ceremonies, others marked the day with quiet reflection on those who have lost their lives in military service.
Learn more: MEMORIAL DAY
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the first President of the United States, and celebrated on February 22 - Washington’s day of birth.
On January 1, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February. This date is commonly called Presidents' Day but it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.
While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader.
Presidential Proclamation - Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2015:http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/16/presidential-proclamation-martin-luther-king-jr-federal-holiday-2015
Visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday2015 to learn about the MLK Day of Service.
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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom).