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Fourth of July Celebrations Across the United States

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Fourth of July Celebrations Across the United States

Filled with barbecued food, family, and flags—the Fourth of July is a celebration of the United States independence from British rule. In 1777, the first Fourth of July celebration took place in Philadelphia, one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The festivities included 13-gun cannon salutes and fireworks to honor each colony. […]

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Observing Ramadan and Celebrating Eid Al Fitr 2018 in the United States

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Observing Ramadan and Celebrating Eid Al Fitr 2018 in the United States

The holy month of Ramadan 2018 will come to an end this week. Eid Al Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, will be enjoyed by Muslims around the world with family, feasts, and merriment. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is mandatory for all Muslims as part of the five pillars of […]

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The Best Places to Hike Across America This Summer

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The Best Places to Hike Across America This Summer

If you’re an exchange visitor living in the United States for the first time, there may be no better way to see all the country has to offer than by grabbing your hiking boots and hitting the trails. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned hiker, America’s sprawling mountains, forests, canyons, (and even volcanoes) have something […]

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How Irish-American Pride Transformed St. Patrick’s Day

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How Irish-American Pride Transformed St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is seen as a tradition of celebrating Irish culture in cities across America. Americans of all races celebrate Irish pride with parades and parties where green beer flows and shamrocks can be spotted everywhere the eye can see. Nations around the world—even in Ireland where it began as a much smaller religious […]

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How Has the State of the Union Changed Over the Years?

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How Has the State of the Union Changed Over the Years?

President Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address to Congress on Tuesday, remarking on the perceived successes of his administration’s first year in office and plans for future governance. The majority of Trump’s speech focused on domestic policy, including his administration’s goals on immigration, tax cuts, and the economy. Though the political issues […]

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Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy of Activism Is Still Present Today

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Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy of Activism Is Still Present Today

Martin Luther King Jr’s commitment to nonviolence and activism is celebrated across the United States this week, with Americans encouraged to participate in a “Day of Service” in honor of his legacy. Celebrated on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed each year in conjunction with King’s January 15 birthday. […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States each year beginning on September 15, marking the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Independence Day for Mexico, Chile, and Belize follows shortly after, on September 16, 18, and 21, respectively. The holiday continues through October […]

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The Founding Father of American Volunteerism

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The Founding Father of American Volunteerism

Volunteerism has long been rooted in the American spirit, with the country relying on volunteers as far back as the Revolutionary War. That same drive to help and build community continues today, as many Americans turn to volunteerism to aid others, establish community ties, and foster a philanthropic attitude. Benjamin Franklin, one of the country’s […]

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Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day on July 4?

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Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day on July 4?

If there’s one certainty on the Fourth of July, it’s that Americans will come together to celebrate it with grilled food, family, and fireworks. Despite these annual traditions, there is a certain level of mystery surrounding the holiday’s origins. On Independence Day, Americans celebrate the legal separation of the country’s original Thirteen Colonies from Great […]

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Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers: Why America Celebrates Memorial Day

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Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers: Why America Celebrates Memorial Day

Americans will observe Memorial Day this year on May 29, often using the time to gather with family and welcome the summer months. However, it’s best to not lose sight of the meaning behind this federal holiday. Originally called Decoration Day, based on the centuries-old tradition of adorning the graves of fallen soldiers with flags, […]

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