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The guides listed below provide commentary and recommended resources for selected national observances and commemorative months.

  • African American History Month (February)
    National African American History Month in February celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation's history.
  • American Indian Heritage Month (November)
    National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.
  • Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May)
    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture.
  • Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17)
    Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787 and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”
  • Human Rights Day (December 10)
    Human Rights Day is observed each year to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.
  • Jewish American Heritage Month (May)
    Jewish American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions Jewish Americans have made to America since they first arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654.
  • Law Day (May 1)
    Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (June)
    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBT Americans.
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
    National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the accomplishments in the workplace of persons with disabilities and reaffirms the commitment to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all citizens.
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
    National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their Independence days in September.
  • Women's History Month (March)
    Women’s History Month honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.

Last Updated: 02/28/2014