Summertime is filled with a variety of big events and holidays that are all about America and shopping! Many of us take advantage of the holidays, using them to shop, and hopefully buy products that are made in the U.S.A.  but let’s not forget about all of the others holidays and the true meanings they hold.  Here is a list of patriotic holidays and what they are all about!

Presidents Day– celebrated on the third Monday of February, this holiday honors Washington’s birthday and commemorates past presidents of the USA. Some states pay particular attention to Abraham Lincoln, as his birthday was also in mid-February.

-Patriot’s Day- commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot’s Day is held annually on the third Monday of April.

Armed Forces Day/Week– takes place on the third Saturday of May/second Saturday of May (week). This holiday celebrates all of the men and women in uniform who are currently serving in our military.

Memorial Day–  on the last Monday of May, we celebrate Memorial Day. This day recognizes all of those who have died while in military service.

Flag day– celebrated every year on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” This design was created by Francis Hopkinson, a Continental Congressman from New Jersey and a consultant to the design of the Great Seal of the United States.

Independence Day– probably one of the most popular American holidays, we celebrate this event every year on July 4. This is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.

Patriot Day– is meant to commemorate the lives of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia, and those who perished when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.  We observe this holiday on September 11.

Constitution Day– celebrated on September 17, this holiday commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution and celebrates those who have become American citizens through naturalization or coming of age.

Election Day– the annual day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. It is statutorily set as “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November” or “the first Tuesday after November 1.”

Veterans Day– takes place on November 11. On this day, we celebrate all of the veterans, who have once served in the United States military.

Pearl Harbor Day– is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 United States citizens who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941 which led to the United States declaring war on Japan the and entering World War II.

Bill of Rights Day– celebrated on December 15, it commemorates the ratification of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

So what should you do during these holidays? Celebrate! Thank our soldiers, spend time with family. Honor the country we live in. Maybe do a little bit of shopping for some products that are made in America!