Holidays

Sure, they roll around at the same time every year, but somehow it’s still easy to be caught off-guard. Never again! Whether you’re planning ahead or at the very last minute, these handy holiday guides will help you make the most of your celebrations all year long.

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The Real History of Thanksgiving

The history of Thanksgiving isn't the rosy story from your childhood. Here's what really happened and the truth about some commonly held Thanksgiving myths.

Everything to Know About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021

The annual event marks the Thanksgiving holiday and kicks off the Christmas season. Here's when and how to watch it.


When Is Thanksgiving and Why Do We Celebrate It?

There's a lot more to this popular holiday than handprint turkeys and pumpkin pie. Here's what to know going into...


Thanksgiving Turkey Wishbone: Why We Break It and How to Find It

Here's what to know about the timeless Thanksgiving tradition of breaking the turkey wishbone—and how to win this turkey face-off.


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The History of Jack-o-Lanterns and How They Became a Halloween Tradition

Why do we carve pumpkins on Halloween? This fun tradition dates way, way back to ancient customs and a spooky...

Why Do We Bob for Apples on Halloween?

Compared to other Halloween traditions and legends, its origins aren't as spooky. Learn more about how bobbing for apples came...


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Who Has the Most Valuable Signature on the Declaration of Independence? (It’s Not Who You Think)

This document contains the signatures of John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin...and then there's that really valuable one!

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Memorial Day: When Is It and Why We Celebrate It

It's not just the unofficial beginning of summer.


What Is Pride Month and How Did It Begin?

Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally, here’s everything you need to know about Pride Month.


The Meaning Behind 24 LGBTQ Pride Flags

Somewhere over the rainbow...there are a bunch of different LGBTQ flags. Here's what their colors and symbols represent.


The Surprising History of Mother’s Day You Never Knew

A day of thanks and appreciation for the most important and influential women in our lives seems like a no-brainer....

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April Fools’ Day: How Did It Start and Why Is It April 1?

The origins of the prank-lovers' favorite holiday are murky. In fact, it's possible that the entire concept of April Fools'...


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15 Moments That Changed Women’s History Forever

In honor of Women's History Month, a look back at the single moments in history when, for women, doors of...


Why Black History Month Is More Important Than Ever

While it's important to celebrate Black culture and contributions, it's equally important to acknowledge how society still oppresses and discriminates...


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16 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Here are just some of the things to do, read, and see to immerse yourself in the rich history of...


11 “Facts” About the Civil Rights Movement That Aren’t True

Separating fact from fiction isn’t just important from a historical perspective—it’s also essential in winning today’s fight against racial injustice.

18 Facts You Didn’t Know About Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, here are some facts about Black history in America that even history buffs may...


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15 Things About Black History Month You Didn’t Learn in School

From the first African American to fly across the country to the first Black presidential candidate, there's a lot you...


14 Rarely Seen Photos of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by...


12 St. Patrick’s Day “Facts” That Are Actually False

How much do you know about the history of St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Many of these popular St. Patrick's Day...


I Think Black History Month Should Last All Year

We know about Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther 
King Jr., of course. But our American history lessons skip 
over so...


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The History Behind Chinese New Year

The Year of the Ox kicks off on February 12th!


What Thanksgiving Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Turns out turkey, football, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are only a few of the Thanksgiving traditions that have...


Finally! Here’s How Cyber Monday Even Became a Thing

There's a reason shoppers started doing more online shopping after Thanksgiving, but it had nothing to do with sales.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, a time for people around the world to celebrate African-American history and culture, lasts from December 26 to January...


11 Veterans Day Facts You Didn’t Learn in School

That November date has a major significance. Find out the history of Veterans Day and more facts that'll help you...


13 Things You Never Knew Were Invented by Hispanic People

From your bathroom to your doctor's office, you'll find some of the greatest innovations of science, technology, and imagination. To...


12 Real-Life Exorcisms That Actually Happened

The belief that evil spirits can possess humans has been terrifying people throughout history. That's probably why the history of...


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12 Questions People Still Have About 9/11

Many Americans believe we'll never know everything there is to know about the 9/11 attacks. Here are some of the...


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100 Things Turning 100 in 2020

2020 has been a tough year for us all, but these milestones are something to celebrate! Happy Birthday to the...