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Profile America Facts for Features consist of collections of statistics from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to holidays, anniversaries, observances or topics in the news. The data are intended to assist media in writing feature stories on these commemorations, which range from Hispanic Heritage Month to the Holiday Season.

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The 2013 Holiday Season
This festive season, or simply the holidays, is a time for gathering and celebrating with family and friends, gift giving, reflection and thanks.


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"Veterans Day 2013, Nov. 11"
Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.


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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback for 24 state governments' endorsements.


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"Manufacturing Day: Oct. 4, 2013"
Manufacturing Day brings attention to manufacturing, highlighting new technologies and innovations while addressing common misperceptions about the industry.


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"Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 28, 2013"
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation's first Thanksgiving.


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"Halloween Oct. 31, 2013"
Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires.


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"50th Anniversary of the ""I Have a Dream"" Speech"
On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to more than 200,000 people during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.


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"Hispanic Heritage Month 2013, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15"
In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1989 now a month long celebration (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15).


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Mes de la herencia hispana del 2013
En septiembre de 1968, el Congreso autorizó al presidente Lyndon B. Johnson a que proclamara la Semana Nacional de la Herencia Hispana.


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Unmarried and Single Americans Week
The Buckeye Singles Council started "National Singles Week" in 1980s Ohio to celebrate single life and recognize singles and their contributions to society.


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"Labor Day 2013, Sept. 2"
The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade.


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"National Grandparents Day 2013, Sept. 8"
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.


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Back to School 2013-2014
By August, summertime will be winding down and vacations will be coming to an end, signaling that back-to-school time is near.


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"Caribbean-American Heritage Month, June 2013"
In June 2005, the U.S. adopted a resolution recognizing the significance of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants in the history and culture of the U.S.


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Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
This day marks the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities.


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The Fourth of July 2013
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to be a sovereign nation.


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"Father's Day, June 16, 2013"
The idea of Father's Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.


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Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained French soldiers.


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"Mother's Day, May 12, 2013"
The driving force behind Mother's Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908.


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2013 Hurricane Season Begins
The Census produces statistics critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts for the North Atlantic hurricane season, June 1 to Nov. 30.


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"Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, May 2013"
In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week as the first 10 days of May.


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"43rd Earth Day, April 22, 2013 "
April 22, 2013, marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day — a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment.


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"Older Americans Month, May 2013"
President John F. Kennedy designated May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute to older people across the country.


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"Valentine's Day 2013, Feb. 14"
Expressing one's love to another is celebrated on Valentine's Day; sweethearts and family members present gifts and other symbols of affection.


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"Presidents' Day Feb. 18, 2013"
Presidents' Day is observed on the third Monday of February. The federal holiday is actually the official observance of George Washington's birthday (Feb. 22).


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Women's History Month March 2013
National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions.


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Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
Originally a religious holiday honoring St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to fifth century Ireland, St. Patrick's Day now celebrates all things Irish.


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Black (African-American) History Month
To commemorate and celebrate contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week.


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Super Bowl XLVII
Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will be played Feb. 3 at the Superdome, the 10th Super Bowl played in New Orleans.

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