Holidays

We celebrate federal, state and New York City holidays

Memorial Day Weekend 2019

LAST MON IN MAY | Fri-Mon, May 24-27, 2019 | U.S. Holiday | Remember those who died serving our country

Celebrate Dominican & French Mother’s Day 2019

MAY 5 (1st Sun) Portugal, Romania & Spain
MAY 10: Mexico, Guatemala & El Salvador
MAY 12 (2nd Sun) U.S. & many countries
MAY 15: Paraguay
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MAY 26 (Last Sun) Dominican Republic & France
MAY 27: Bolivia
MAY 30: Nicaragua
AUG 15: Costa Rica
OCT 20 (3rd Sun) Argentina
DEC 8: Panama

Columbus Day 2019

2ND OCTOBER MONDAY, October 14, 2019 ~ New York City’s Italian-American Day
#ITALIAN #HOLIDAY

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

NOVEMBER 8-11, 2019; U.S. Holiday ~ Commemorates the end of World War I and honors all who serve in the U.S. military

International Women’s Day 2020

MARCH 8 (2020, Sun); Women’s day ~ Honor all the women in your life including family, friends and associates. #IWD2020

Purim 2020 celebrates the courage of Queen Esther

SOUTH WILLIAMSBURG; 14TH DAY OF ADAR, Mon-Tue, Mar 9-10, 2020; Jewish holiday feast ~ Queen Esther of Persia found the courage to break tradition, speak up, and thereby save her people

Celebrate Easter 2020, the Christian Spring Festival

SUNDAY, April 12, 2020 ~ The resurrection of Jesus is central to Christian thought

Celebrate Passover 2020, the Jewish Spring Festival

Fri-Sat, Apr 19-27, 2019; Jewish spring festival ~ Remember our release from slavery and the Exodus

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2020, the Mexican-American festival

PUEBLA, MEXICO | May 5, 1862 (Tue in 2020) | Mexican-American festival | A small Mexican force defeated the great French Army in the Battle of Puebla

Father’s Day 2019 Día del Padre

Third Sunday in June
Sunday, June 16, 2019

Puerto Rico Emancipation Day

PUERTO RICO; Mar 22, 1873 (Sun in 2020, observed Mon, Mar 23, 2020); Puerto Rican holiday celebration ~ The day Puerto Rican slaves were officially freed by the Spanish Parliament

St Patrick’s Day commemorates the patron saint of Ireland

MARCH 17 (2020, Tue); Irish Spanish French Catholic Holiday ~ Commemorate the death of the patron saint of Ireland. Spanish Galicians and French Bretons share Celtic culture with western Irish.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Free at Last, Free at Last”

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, Jan 15, 1929 (HOLIDAY JANUARY 20, 2020) ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He taught that we should get educated, vote, stand up for ourselves in a non-violent way, and keep going until we are truly free at last.
# african civil rights leader

Eid al-Adha 2019

August 10 – 11, 2019
Sundown Saturday-Sunday
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The most important Muslim holiday marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage
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“Eid Mubarak”

Labor Day 2019

1ST SEPTEMBER MONDAY, September 2, 2019 ~ The day that celebrates organized labor is also the unofficial end of summer.
#HOLIDAY

Rosh Hashanah 2019

Sun-Tue, September 29 – October 1, 2019 ~ Sound the shofar (horn)
#JEWISH #HOLIDAY #FEAST

Thanksgiving Weekend 2019

4TH THURSDAY-SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER, November 28 to December 1, 2019 ~ Thanksgiving Day, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Black Friday open New York City’s winter holiday season.
#U.S. #HOLIDAY

Thanksgiving Day 2019

4TH THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER, Thu, November 28, 2019 ~ Thanksgiving blends various religious, political and harvest traditions into the main U.S. family celebration. It opens the winter holiday season.
#HOLIDAY

Hanukkah 2019

December 22 to 30, 2019 ~ Hanukkah reminds us that miracles come to those who fill their time with the light of faith, hope and work. There are public menorah lightings at the Grand Army Plazas in Midtown and Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Hanukkah Sameach! (Happy Hanukkah)
#JEWISH #HOLIDAY

Christmas Eve 2019

DECEMBER 24 (2019, Tue) ~ Here comes Santa Claus…

Christmas Day 2019

DECEMBER 25 (2019, Wed)
Merry Christmas!
¡Feliz Navidad!
Feliz Natal!
Buon Natale!
Joyeux Noël!
Craciun Fericit!

New Year’s Eve 2019

DECEMBER 31 (2020, Tue) ~ Salud (health)
#HOLIDAY

New Year’s Day 2020

JANUARY 1 (2020, Wed)
Happy New Year!
¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
Feliz Ano Novo!
Felice anno nuovo!
Bonne année!
An Nou Fericit!

Three Kings Day 2020 Dia de Los Reyes

JANUARY 6 (2020, Mon) ~ The gift-giving day in many Latin traditions
#CHRISTMAS #TRADITIONS #ITALIAN #SPANISH #PUERTORICAN #CATHOLIC

Presidents Day Weekend 2020

THIRD FEB MON, Fri-Mon, Feb 14-17, 2020 ~ U.S. holiday commemorating the birthdays of presidents Washington and Lincoln

Valentine’s Day 2020

FEBRUARY 14 (2019, Thu) ~ A popular holiday honoring a Roman saint who got associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages

Because New York City speaks over 185 languages and 42% of our students speak something other than English at home, we probably celebrate more holidays than anywhere else in the world.

Some holidays are popular or religious holidays that many Americans celebrate, even though we don’t get the day off.


 

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day on January 1 is a national holiday
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day (Epiphany) on January 6 is the day most Hispanic children get their holiday gifts.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Women’s March

The Women’s March on January 20 celebrates women’s rights.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January is an American national holiday that commemorates the birthday of the revered American civil rights leader.

Monday, January 21, 2019


 

Lincoln’s Birthday

Lincoln’s Birthday is a New York State holiday.
February 12
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentine’s Day

February 14
Monday, February 14, 2019
Latin things to do in NYC on Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Week (2018)

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a New York City holiday. The date varies with the lunar calendar.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

President’s Day

President’s Day on the third Monday in February is a U.S. national holiday that honors U.S. presidents Lincoln and Washington.

Monday, February 18, 2019
Latin things to do in NYC on President’s Day Weekend


 

Purim

Purim on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the courage of Persian Queen Esther who saved her people from annihilation.

Sundown to sundown, Wednesday – Thursday, March 20 – 21, 2019.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day on March 8 is an international day to celebrate all the women in your personal and work life. It’s really important in the Latin world and gaining stature here too.

Friday, March 8, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 is an Irish and American holiday that commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Things to do in NYC on St. Patrick’s Day

Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox, around March 20 in the northern hemisphere, is one of two days each year when day and night are equal length.

Northern Spring Equinox March 20, 2019

 


 

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus entering Jerusalem. The date varies with the date of Easter.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Holy Week

Holy Week (Semana Santa) is a Christian fasting period that celebrates the passion of Christ. Holy Week leads up to the Easter feast and is the most important celebration in Christianity. The date varies with the lunar calendar.

Sunday – Saturday, April 14 – 20, 2019

Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian fast that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. The date varies with Easter.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Passover

Passover commemorates the Jews’ freedom from slavery in Egypt and the Exodus. The date varies.

Sundown – Sundown
Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 27, 2019

Earth Day

Earth Day on April 22 is an international celebration in support of environmental protection for this little rock we call home.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo on May 5 is a popular American celebration of Mexican culture.

Many people think it is Mexican Independence Day, but Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican victory over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. That prevented the French from entering the American Civil War on the Confederate side.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May is an American and international holiday that celebrates mother.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Ramadan

Ramadan is the Muslim holy month of fasting that commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. It’s like Christian Holy Week. The date of Ramadan varies with the lunar calendar.

May 15 – June 13, 2018

Memorial Day

Memorial Day on the last Monday in May is an American national holiday that commemorates those who died serving in our country’s armed forces. It’s also the unofficial start of the Summer holiday season. Now you can wear white until Labor Day.

Monday, May 28, 2018


 

Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that celebrates the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. The date varies. It is a New York City school holiday.

Sundown to sundown, Thursday – Friday, June 14 – 15, 2018

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is an old Catholic celebration (St. Joseph’s Day) of the good that fathers and stepfathers do for society. In the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Eid al-Adha

The feast of Eid al-Adha is the most important Muslim holiday, in the same way that Easter is the most important Christian holiday.

Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isaac) to God. Don’t worry God switched in a goat. The meaning of the story is simply that we are devoted to God.

The feast is traditionally shared with non-Muslims to help increase understanding of Muslim culture. It is an NYC school holiday.

The date varies with the lunar calendar.

Sundown to sundown, Monday – Tuesday, August 20 – 21, 2018


 

U.S. Independence Day

U.S. Independence Day on July 4 is a national holiday that commemorates the declaration of independence from Britain of the thirteen colonies that founded the United States on July 4, 1776.

Thursday, July 4, 2018


 

In the northern hemisphere, August is the most popular time for family vacations.


 

Labor Day

Labor Day on the first Monday in September is an American national holiday.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Things to do in NYC Labor Day Weekend

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holy Days which end on Yom Kippur. The date varies with the lunar calendar.

Sundown to sundown, Sunday – Tuesday, September 9 – 11, 2018.
NYC schools will be closed (to be confirmed) Monday – Tuesday, September 10 – 11, 2018.

Yom Kippur

The date varies.
Yom Kippur 2018 is the evening of Tuesday, September 18 to the evening of Wednesday, September 19.


 

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a national holiday.
Second Monday in October.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Things to do in NYC Columbus Day Weekend


 

Election Day

Election Day is a New York City school holiday.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Election 2018

Veterans Day

Veterans Day on November 11 is an American national holiday that honors military veterans.

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Observed: Monday, November 12, 2018

Things to do in NYC Veterans Day Weekend

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November is an American national holiday that commemorates the harvest feast of English settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.

Thursday, November 22, 2018. The Friday after is also a holiday.

Things to do in NYC Thanksgiving Weekend


 

Christmas

Christmas on December 25 is an American national holiday. It is both a secular and a religious holiday. It was originally an Italian Roman Catholic celebration.

Wednesday, December 25, 2018
Things to do in NYC over Christmas

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve on December 31 is a popular celebration.

Things to do in NYC New Year’s Eve