National holidays in the United States include New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every fourth year, Inauguration Day is a national holiday.
New Year's Day always falls on January 1 each year. This holiday commemorates the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year.
Martin Luther King's Birthday is celebrated on the third Monday of January. The civil rights leader was born on Jan. 15, 1929.
Washington's Birthday, also frequently called Presidents' Day, is observed on the third Monday of February. It was one time celebrated on Washington's actual birthday, February 22.
Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May. Its purpose is to honor those who have served this country.
Independence Day falls on July 4 each year. It celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of September. It honors the nation's workers and the American labor movement.
The second Monday of October commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America. Columbus Day became a national holiday in 1934.
Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11. It marks the ending of World War I, but it also honors all U.S. veterans.
Observed on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving commemorates the feast celebrated by the Pilgrims and Native Americans. It is a day to remember one's blessings.
Christmas observes the birth of Jesus and always comes on December 25. It is both a national and international holiday.