American Holidays - Explains the historical and social background of major U.S. holidays, as well as various ethnic & religious observances and other celebrations. Includes links to additional information for many holidays; expect some broken links. Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A. NEW! discusses the ten federally-recognized holidays in the United States, as well as many celebratory days such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day that are commonly celebrated. There is also a section addressing Black History Month, Women's History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month. (U.S. State Department)
BBC Religious Festivals & Events [Archived page; holiday dates are not current] - Describes some of the most important holy days and festivals of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism, along with a brief introduction to each of those religions. For all ages. (British Broadcasting Corporation)
EdSITEment - Search EdSITEment for learning materials and lesson plans on specific holidays or holiday traditions. (National Endowment for the Humanities)
Enchanted Learning Holiday Theme Pages - Holiday crafts, projects, worksheets, and cards for pre-K through grade 3. (Site includes advertisements)
Ethnic / Multicultural Resources - Selected links to websites on a variety of ethnic groups; some of these websites include information on holidays. (South Plainfield Public Library)
Facts For Features - Interesting facts and statistics relating to a variety of U.S. holidays and observances. (U.S. Census Bureau)
Federal (U.S.) Holidays - A list of holidays set by U.S. law, with a table of their dates through 2025. (2015, United States Naval Observatory)
Holidays for Students - 'Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about holidays.'
Scholastic Holidays - Colorful lessons about Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwaanza, and how they are celebrated in different countries. Also provides links to additional pages on holidays around the world, including religious commemorations, national holidays, and harvest festivals. For grades K-8 (Scholastic, Inc.). See also The Gift of Holiday Traditions: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas (EdSITEment; National Endowment for the Humanities)
TeachersFirst Classroom Resources: Special Topics Collections - Selected links to web resources on holidays and other special topics for teachers and students, grades K-12. Includes information and activities for about 20 major holidays; use the search tool to find specific holidays. (Source for Learning, non-profit site).
Web Holidays - Background material on numerous holidays from a variety of cultures. Includes recipes, crafts and activities. (Site includes advertisements)
What So Proudly We Hail: American Calendar VIDEO - Extensive background materials and lesson plans that explore 'the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays,' such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving. High school and up (created by teacher-scholars Amy Kass and Leon Kass). See also Celebrate America (2013, Constitutional Rights Foundation) and George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the Presidents' Day holiday (EdSITEment; National Endowment for the Humanities).