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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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This U.S. Tradition Allows Employees to Bring Their Children Into Work for a Day

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This U.S. Tradition Allows Employees to Bring Their Children Into Work for a Day

“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is an annual U.S. tradition celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April. Millions of families and organizations participate in the effort to reinforce the value of an education, interact in a workplace environment, and ultimately expand opportunities. According to Carolyn McKecuen, Executive Director of the Take Our […]

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Meet the Outstanding Immigrants Honored at the Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards

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Meet the Outstanding Immigrants Honored at the Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards

On Thursday, April 6, the American Immigration Council hosted the annual Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards. As part of the Council’s mission to “strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration,” three extraordinary immigrants were honored for their enormous impact on their communities. The […]

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Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

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Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

Since 1991, Americans have marked each March as Irish-American Heritage Month. This month gives Irish-Americans an opportunity both to celebrate the contributions they have made to the United States, and to reflect on the struggles faced by generations of Irish immigrants who made the long journey from Ireland to the new shores of the United […]

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Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

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Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

Americans will celebrate Presidents’ Day on February 20. The day will bring sales at retail stores, war re-enactments, and a variety of other ceremonies.  However, it is an important time to reflect back on the initial intent of this long-standing federal holiday. Presidents Day was originally celebrated on February 22, the birthday of America’s first […]

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How the United States of America Inaugurates its Presidents

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How the United States of America Inaugurates its Presidents

The 45th President of the United States will be installed Friday, January 20, 2017 during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.  The ceremonies and activities associated with the inauguration of a new president are a celebration of our democracy and an important part of the peaceful transition of power. The start of a president’s term in office […]

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How the Change in Administration Will Impact the Exchange Visitor Program

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How the Change in Administration Will Impact the Exchange Visitor Program

Exchange visitors already in the U.S., as well as those arriving in the New Year, may be wondering what the election results and upcoming change in administration means to them. Immigration was a prominent topic during the presidential campaign, and President-elect Donald Trump said some pretty harsh things. He also made campaign promises aimed at […]

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

This national holiday provides families a time to wrap up their summer adventures in preparation for a new school year, workers to take a brief break after the summer work activities and preparations for fall, and individuals to fit in one last vacation before buckling down for fewer hours of sunshine and cooler weather. Want […]

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Watching the Olympics Far From Home

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Watching the Olympics Far From Home

The 2016 Summer Olympics provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate amazing athletes from around the globe and sit in awe of their accomplishments. The Olympics promote good relations and amiable competition among countries around the world, and date back more than 3,000 years to ancient Greece. Since those first games, the worldwide event […]

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