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The History of Fireworks

July 4, 2022

Fireworks may seem like a very American tradition, especially on the 4th of July. But fireworks go back many years before the first American Independence Day celebration, which took place in 1777, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The earliest fireworks can be…

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Happy Fourth of July!

June 29, 2022

What’s one of the most celebrated events in the United States? It’s the Fourth of July! The annual star-spangled holiday is also called Independence Day. It marks the day that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, on July…

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A Juneteenth Celebration

June 14, 2022

On June 19, people across the United States celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S., in 1865. Juneteenth is short for June 19th. It was on that day, in June 1865, that 250,000 people in…

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Welcome, Spring!

March 17, 2022

Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the beginning of spring. It’s known as the Festival of Colors. Here, people in Mathura, India, celebrate a local version of …

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A Juneteenth Celebration

June 15, 2021

On June 19, people across the United States celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S., in 1865. Juneteenth is short for “June 19th.” It was on that day, in June 1865, that 250,000 people in…

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Celebrating Safely

February 18, 2021

A house in New Orleans, Louisiana, is decked out for Mardi Gras. The city is known for its over-the-top Mardi Gras celebration. This year, the event took place on February 16. Typically, the festival fills the streets with crowds, parades,…

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MLK Day

January 15, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of January each year. It’s a day to remember and honor the great Civil Rights leader. On this day, many Americans volunteer at shelters, schools, hospitals, and other community organizations…

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A Different Halloween

October 16, 2020

Halloween is probably going to look different this year. That’s because of the coronavirus pandemic. To help people stay safe, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering special guidance. The CDC says many traditional Halloween activities…

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Celebrating Juneteenth

June 18, 2020

On June 16, Virginia governor Ralph Northam made an announcement. The state would move to recognize June 19, or Juneteenth, as a paid state holiday. The next day, New York governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted that he’d do the same in…

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