Holidays in New York City

We celebrate U.S. and New York State holidays. Public schools celebrate additional holidays.

Thanksgiving Weekend

Wed-Sun, Nov 27-Dec 1, 2019
The big U.S. family holiday launches the winter holiday season

Thanksgiving Day

Thu, November 28, 2019
This is the main family holiday in the United States

Christmas, Navidad, Natal, Natale, Noël, Craciun

Wed, December 25, 2019
This blend of winter traditions from around the world is the world’s most popular Latin holiday
Merry Christmas!
¡Feliz Navidad!
Feliz Natal!
Buon Natale!
Joyeux Noël!
Craciun Fericit!

New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
TIMES SQUARE, NYC ~ New Year’s has been celebrated in Times Square since the opening of the New York Times building in 1904. But it was Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve that started the party we know today in 1972. Wherever you are: Happy New Year!
¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
Feliz Ano Novo!
Felice anno nuovo!
Bonne année!
An Nou Fericit!

New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
This U.S. holiday is the ultimate morning after.

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
ATLANTA, Georgia ~ The African-American civil rights leader was born on January 15, 1929. His holiday this year is Monday, January 20, 2020.

Martin Luther King Weekend

Fri-Mon, Jan 17-20, 2020
UNITED STATES ~ Latin things to do in New York City over the January long weekend

Presidents Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, Feb 14-17, 2020
This U.S. holiday commemorates the birthdays of presidents Washington and Lincoln

Celebrate Passover 2020, the Jewish Spring Festival

Wed-Thu, April 8-16, 2020
The Jewish spring festival commemorates our release from slavery and the Exodus

Memorial Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, May 22-25, 2020
This U.S. holiday honors those who died serving our country, and is the popular start of summer

Fourth of July, U.S. Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 2020
(Day off, Fri, July 3, 2020)
The thirteen colonies that became the United States declared independence from Great Britain and launched a humanitarian revolution that swept the world on July 4, 1776

Celebrate Eid al-Adha

Thu-Mon, July 30-Aug 3, 2020
The most important Muslim holiday marks Ibrahim’s test of faith, and ends the annual Hajj pilgrimage. It is an official New York City school holiday. “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid)

Labor Day

Monday, September 7, 2020
This U.S. holiday celebrates organized labor and is the popular end of summer

On Rosh Hashanah “Shana Tovah”

Fri-Sun, September 18-20, 2020
This Jewish holiday feast celebrates the New Year 5781. “Shana Tovah” (Have a Good Year)

On Yom Kippur “G’mar Chatima Tovah”

Sun-Mon, September 27-28, 2020
The holiest day in Judaism is a day of atonement and repentance. Public schools are closed October 9. “G’mar Chatima Tovah” (May you be inscribed in the Book of Life).

Labor Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, September 4-7, 2020
This long holiday weekend honors the U.S. labor movement, and is the unofficial end of summer

Columbus Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, October 9-12, 2020
NEW YORK CITY ~ Discover a world of Latin things to do over Columbus Day Weekend, New York City’s big Italian and Indigenous celebration

Columbus Day

Monday, October 12, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ This U.S. holiday was founded to stop racist violence against Italian-Americans. The myths around Columbus Day helped us be accepted as just Americans. Benvenuto! Saluto! Grazie!

Veterans Day honors those who serve

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
This U.S. holiday honors those who serve in the U.S. military on the anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918

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 people celebrate, even though we don’t get the day off.