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Flag Day | All About the Holidays

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We all know the American flag, but how did it come about? Explore the origins of the flag and the history of why we celebrate it on Flag Day with this fun, short video.

Communication Innovators

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This Media Gallery explores the great advances in long-distance communication that resulted from the innovations of Samuel F. B. Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, and Guglielmo Marconi. Review these images and their descriptions keeping in mind how technology transformed communication over time.

National Fire Prevention Week | All About the Holidays

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Held during the week around October 9th, National Fire Prevention Week reminds Americans of the danger of fire and the importance of fire safety. Families can use it as a time to review their fire safety plan and learn more about properly using fire.

Summer Vacation | All About the Holidays

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Take a break from the school year on summer vacation! Summer is a great time to relax, play, and explore your community... but it wasn't always that way. How do you celebrate your summer vacation?

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Women's History Month | All About the Holidays

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In the United States, March is Women's History Month. Many people use the month to honor the accomplishments of American women and educate communities about the history of women in the United States and the women's rights movement.

New Years Day | All About the Holidays

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3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! On January 1st around the world, people celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Some people make resolutions for the new year or attend parties to celebrate. How do other cultures celebrate the new year?

St. Patrick's Day | All About the Holidays

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You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but it is a way to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Around the world, festivals and parades are held to honor Ireland and the history of St. Patrick. What do you like about St. Patrick's Day?

Graduation Day | All About the Holidays

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Whether it's from college, high school, or kindergarten, graduating is an important milestone in a student's education. Learn more about the "pomp and circumstance" around this big day!

Groundhog Day | All About the Holidays

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Is it time for spring or will we have six more weeks of winter? Why does a groundhog get to decide? Find out more about the history of this holiday and about Punxsutawney Phil.

Yom Kippur | All About the Holidays

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Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, known as the "Day of Atonement." Learn more about how the Jewish people observe traditions like fasting and asking forgiveness as they enter the new year.

Diwali | All About the Holidays

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India's most important holiday is celebrated each year in October or November. The holiday is named for the rows of clay lamps lit during the holiday that symbolize the victory of light over darkness.

Memorial Day | All About the Holidays

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Learn about Memorial Day with this look back at the holiday's history.

Hispanic Heritage Month | All About the Holidays

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There are about 54 million Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. That's a lot of people to celebrate! Across the country, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with festivals and community events recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.

Election Day | All About the Holidays

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The first Tuesday after November 1st is Election Day, allowing American citizens to elect their civic leaders. Americans over 18 years old can vote for their local, state, and national leaders.

Veterans Day | All About the Holidays

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Veterans Day allows Americans to honor military veterans across the country. Orginally celebrated as "Armistice Day" to mark the end of battles during WWI, the celebration has now extended to honor the more than 23 million veterans in the United States.

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