Planning to make a late-August purchase closing? Keep an eye on your calendar. The last Friday of the month coincides with Labor Day Weekend, which may make for a complicated, end-of-month closing.
The Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day, is the federal holiday in the USA which celebrates the Declaration of Independence.
On July 4th, 1776 this was the document which declared America as independent from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Traditionally Independence Day is commemorates with fireworks, parades, carnivals, outdoor concerts, ceremonies and of course, family picnics.
If you are planning a picnic for this Independence Day, here are some tips for making it the best outdoor feast ever!
What are your plans to celebrate Juneteenth this year?
If you haven’t heard of this holiday before, Juneteenth is celebrated on the 19th of June and it is the oldest recorded celebration to commemorate when slavery came to an end in the USA.
It was established in 1865 when the Union Soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas and Major General Gordon Granger announced that those who were enslaved were now free.
This festival is held every year, especially in the Southern states of America, to celebrate the emancipation of the slaves.
In early years due to deeply ingrained racism the holiday was banned from being publicly celebrated, however the Civil Rights Movement brought with it a resurgence of Juneteenth celebrations and in 1980 it became an official state holiday.
Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May every year and for most people it means that they will be able to enjoy a long weekend away from school or work and probably take a trip out of town.
However, Memorial Day means a lot more than just a holiday.
This day has special historical significance and it is important to know where the origins of Memorial Day come from.
What have you got planned to celebrate Armed Forces Day this year?
This year’s Armed Forces Day falls on Saturday, May 19th.
What is Armed Forces Day?
Armed Forces Day is a holiday which celebrates the service and sacrifice of members of the military.
In the USA, Armed Forces Day is always held on the 3rd Saturday of the month of May.
It usually falls at the end of Armed Forces Week which occurs between the second Saturday and the third Sunday in May.
Mother’s Day is coming up on the second Sunday in May and this is the day when we thank our mothers for all of the hard work they have done for us.
On this special day Mother’s are lavished with presents, cards and attention from their families and loved ones and usually treated to flowers, chocolates, spa treatments, gifts and more.
Have you ever wondered where this tradition of honoring our mothers came from? You might be surprised to know that Mother’s Day has older origins than you might think.
Trees are amazing living things.
They can live for hundreds of years, they can grow under all kinds of extreme conditions and they quietly cleanse CO2 from our atmosphere and provide us with oxygen.
They sway in the breeze, freeze in the winter and offer us welcome shade on a hot summer’s day. Trees give us everything from a perch for our childhood clubhouse to the wood in our pencils to the heat in our fireplace.
We should celebrate trees every day of the year, but the official holiday to honor these leafy wonders is Arbor Day.
The name Arbor Day comes from the Latin word “arbor” which means tree.
This holiday is dedicated to the planting and care of trees and it originated in Nebraska in 1872.
The holiday is observed in the springtime and the date changes according to the suitable planting conditions. In 2012, Arbor Day will be held on April 27th.
Here are a few ideas of what you can do on Arbor Day:
Do you remember the excitement of hunting for chocolate eggs on Easter when you were a child?
Now that you have a family of your own you can create an Easter egg hunt for your little ones so that they can enjoy searching for hidden treats.
Here are some tips on how to create the best Easter egg hunt ever:
St. Patrick was born in the 4th century, to parents who were the deacons of the Church. He was kidnapped as a teenager by Irish raiders and made a slave.
He claims that he was visited by God in a dream, who told him to run away from captivity and head towards the coast, where he would find a ship that would take him back to Britain. He later joined the church and became a priest.
Many years later he was called back to Ireland once he had become a Bishop, to convert the Irish people from their native beliefs of polytheism to Christianity.