The following worksheets contain readings and activities based on holidays and celebrations throughout the year.

You are going to want to scroll down through all of these worksheets around those special occasions. We cover literally every type of celebration that schools and teachers focus on. If we are missing one, please let us know. Whether secular or religious, historical anniversaries or awareness raising campaigns, there are many occasions to celebrate and events to commemorate every month of the year. The links below contain worksheets and activities that explore most of the bigger celebrations, offering explanations of their origins, goals, and rituals. And while most of these events are central to the United States, many are celebrated in some form or fashion by people all over the world.

This section of our site is jumping all around just days before every major event takes place. These worksheets and printables were designed to provide students with a bit of a challenge. These definitely differ from just about every other worksheet site out there.

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Holiday Worksheet Categories

The topics are listed below in alphabetic order. Just click and print away!

Student with Red Shirt On Bus Sheet

Back to School

Are you going back in August or September? This is one of the busiest times of the year.

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Frederick Douglass Word Scramble

Black History

This usually is observed during the month of February, but discussions are on going to move it to January.

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Chinese Zodiac Crossword

Chinese New Year

Based on lunar cycles, this is celebrated somewhere between late January and late February.

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Christmas Reading Worksheet

Christmas

December 25th is when this red and green event is observed.

Cinco Crossword Puzzle

Cinco De Mayo

May 5th is honor of celebrating the Mexican army's under dog triumph over Napoleon III (French forces) in 1862.

Columbus Vocabulary Word Scramble

Columbus Day

Became a Federal date at the beginning of the 20th century. It's celebrated on the 2nd Monday of every October in the United States.

Mithai Reading Passage

Diwali

Celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere.

Third Rock from the Sun Passage

Earth Day

A pact with the environment and Planet Earth. It is celebrated on April 22nd.

Easter Maze

Easter

The celebration of the Christian Church is observed on the Sunday after the 1st full moon. It is observed between late March and late April.

Final Exams Reading Worksheet

End of School Year

A fun time for many students. Teachers find it to be the 2nd busiest time of the year.

Autumnal Equinox Reading Passage

Fall / Autumn

Usually the time of year to celebrate the harvest. This also mean beautiful scenery and football is back.

Father's Day Word Ladder

Father's Day

Do it for dear old Dad.

Ground Hogs Day Word Scramble

Ground Hogs Day

Will Spring come early or are we in for more of the dark winter?

History of the Jack O' Lanterns Reading

Halloween

What are you going to wear this October 31st?

Hanukkah Word Scramble

Hanukkah

Those eight crazy nights that celebrate the feats of the Maccabees.

Kwanzaa Word Search

Kwanzaa

A celebration of African American culture that is observed from December 26th to the New Year.

Martin Luther King Adjectives Worksheet

Martin Luther King Day

Celebrated on his birthday this revolutionary changed the make up of the world for the better.

Martin Luther King Visual Cue Crossword Puzzle

Memorial Day

The day that we take to remember all those who have fallen in combat to preserve our freedom.

January Reading Passage

Months of the Year

We have full sections for each month of the year. This will really help you throughout the year.

Mother's Day Acrostic Poem

Mother's Day

Usually the most important person in our lives who definitely deserves to be recognized.

Who's the Baby Worksheet

New Years Day

January 1st is often seen as the day of renewal for the other 364 days a year that we take for granted.

Why Do Some Children Look Mostly Like One Parent - Reading Passage

Parents Day

We look at the family unit as a whole. We also consider Father's Day in here.

Pi Day of the Bakery Worksheet

Pi Day

We celebrate the symbol that defines the perfect ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle.

President's Day Visual Crossword

President's Day

As of late the Leader and Chief positions has had a great bit of controversy.

What Are Allergies? Reading Passage

Spring

A time of growth and change when this season is in full bloom.

The History of St. Patrick's Day - Reading Passage

Saint Patrick's Day

March 17 is when these green occasion rises to attention. This is a favorite of students.

How Long Is Your Summer Break? Reading Worksheet

Summer

This is the time to get ready for next year. It's also the time to review what we didn't get a grip on this year.

Why do we Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? Passage

Thanksgiving

Tommy the turkey heads for the hills and we get together with our families.

Where did Valentine's Day come from? - Reading Pasage

Valentine's Day

February 14th is the time to celebrate love.

What is Lake Effect Snow? - Reading Passage

Winter

Don't get left out in the cold on this one.

What Holidays are Celebrated in the United States?

The United States has always been a melting pot of cultures and traditions. This constant influx of new people from around the world has resulted in several holidays celebrated here each year. In the United States, there are dozens of holidays that honor individuals, religious affiliations, ethnicities, and other interests and needs of American citizens and residents alike.

It's important to know about each of these holidays when you live in America - because you don't want to be in the dark if any given holiday is approaching and you haven't made any plans! This list will detail the most popular holidays observed in the United States and some lesser-known ones that might be celebrated only by certain regions or groups of people within the country's borders.

Here are the 8 holidays that are thought to be the most recognized and celebrated by American citizens. We listed them by month.

1. Presidents' Day (Mid-January)

January 16 is celebrated as Washington's Birthday, which celebrates George Washington's Birthday. The holiday was initially known as Washington's Birthday and officially became President's Day in 1971. However, despite its official recognition, it is not always recognized by federal employees or observed by federal agencies and banks.

2. St. Patrick's Day (March)

If you're looking for a way to showcase your Irish roots, St. Patrick's Day is a great holiday to celebrate and honor those you may be related to. St. Patrick was born and raised in Britain before moving across to Ireland as a Christian missionary in 432 A.D. His feast day—March 17—is celebrated with festive parades, shamrocks, and many green-colored items.

3. Easter Sunday (March/April)

Easter is one of America's most important religious holidays. Easter celebrates Jesus Christ's Resurrection, which occurred after his crucifixion by Roman soldiers around A.D. 30. Christians believe that when Jesus was resurrected, he broke free from death and proved himself to be a Messiah or savior. Most Americans still consider themselves Christian, so they celebrate Easter by attending church services and observing one of Christianity's holiest days with family.

4. Mexican Independence Day (May)

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration observed each year on May 5. It celebrates Mexico's triumph over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This conflict was a critical step toward statehood for Mexico. To many individuals living in Mexico and Central America, Cinco de Mayo is more significant than Independence Day (September 16) since it marks a national triumph against foreign powers.

5. Memorial Day (May)

This national holiday is celebrated every year on May 30. Memorial Day honors the memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country, notably during the American Civil War. It's common for Americans to visit graves or participate in parades, memorial ceremonies, or backyard barbeques on Memorial Day (typically held after church).

Other popular celebrations include classic Memorial Day weekend festivities (rallies, firework shows) throughout local communities across the country.

6. 4th of July - Independence Day

The Fourth of July is an official national holiday for Americans and is celebrated with fireworks, parades, concerts, picnics, and cookouts all across the country. Independence Day commemorates when Congress adopted a resolution declaring independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. This was later recognized as one of America's most important historical events.

7. Labor Day (September)

Labor Day in the U.S. falls on the first Monday in September, anywhere from the 1st to the 7th of September. On this day, Americans celebrate workers and their accomplishments. All industries, from construction to tourism and others, that contribute to America's economic strength through their diligent labor are acknowledged. Businesses around America honor their hardworking employees on Labor Day with a three-day weekend. Many families enjoy picnics and barbecues while they reflect on their blessings.

8. Christmas - December 25

According to Christian tradition, Jesus was born on December 25. As a result, Christmas is a federal holiday for most government workers in America. When you work at a business that stays open through Christmas, you'll usually have to work on December 25 and possibly New Year's Day, January 1. Most businesses close for two days over Christmas-either on December 24 or December 26-and most reopen around January 2nd or 3rd.

Wrapping Up

Americans have a variety of traditions and holidays to celebrate, so it's important to learn about each one. From Christmas to the Fourth of July, Independence Day, there are many ways to experience some great celebrations and memorable moments with friends and family. Understanding how we got here as a country will help you enjoy these days even more.