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United States holidays and observances : by date, jurisdiction, and subject, fully indexed
Rajtar, Steve, 1951-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

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vii, 165 pages ; 26 cm
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Includes indexes.
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Every day of the year, somewhere in the United States, some sort of holiday or special remembrance is being observed by individuals, organizations, or governments. January 30 is Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Day. On March 26, Hawaii celebrates Prince Janah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day. November 9 is set aside for Women Veterans Day in Alaska, while in Puerto Rica they honor baseball scout Pedrin Zorilla, and as the sun sets, New Jersey holds a Kristallnacht Memorial Night.This book is a detailed reference work about holidays and special observances established by statute in the United States, including American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Because the United States is a member state of the United Nations, U.N.-designated holidays and longer periods of time, such as years and decades devoted to important world issues, are also included. Following the day-by-day section, holidays are listed chronologically within their jurisdictions (federally designated observances are first in the list; states and territories follow in alphabetical order). A subject index offers invaluable aid to those wishing to celebrate a particular topic, such as nursing, education, or peace, while a name index provides swift access to holidays celebrating the lives of individuals.

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Booklist Review

Many libraries are familiar with Chase's Calendar of Events, which focuses on proclamations, sponsored events, historic anniversaries, and religious observances. Some may turn to a work such as Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations of the World Dictionary (2d ed., Omnigraphics, 1997) to find other international observations. United States Holidays and Observances concentrates on observances and holidays established by statute in the U.S and American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, UN-designated holidays are included to reflect the membership of the U.S. in the UN. The text is arranged by month, and chapters for each month are divided into "Observances with Variable Dates" and "Observances with Fixed Dates." Each entry identifies the observance as federal or specific to a state and offers a description that ranges in length from three or four lines to a quarter page. Following the main chapters is a list of unscheduled observations (for example, in Oklahoma each Native American tribe can choose its own official day) and a section on "Holidays and Observances Listed by Jurisdiction." This shows chronologically arranged federal observances first, then lists states and territories in alphabetical order. A subject index and a name index complete the volume. It would be useful to have an observance index as well. Readers who want to know where Juneteenth Day (a fixed holiday in Florida but a variable holiday in Delaware, Oklahoma, and Arkansas) is observed have to guess which heading to look under in the subject index. With its concentration on U.S. holidays and observations, this reference volume would complement the international scope of Chase's or similar titles. It would be a good addition to ready-reference desks in public libraries and information centers in schools. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Preface: Every Day's a Holidayp. 1
Januaryp. 5
Februaryp. 14
Marchp. 24
Aprilp. 37
Mayp. 50
Junep. 64
Julyp. 74
Augustp. 81
Septemberp. 87
Octoberp. 99
Novemberp. 111
Decemberp. 119
Unscheduled Observancesp. 125
Holidays and Observances Listed by Jurisdictionp. 127
Subject Indexp. 151
Name Indexp. 163