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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 2014 Holiday Season
To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics.


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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2014
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York.


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"Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 27, 2014"
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest.


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Veterans Day 2014: Nov. 11
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I.


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"Halloween Oct. 31, 2014"
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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Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Sept. 15–Oct. 15
Fact sheet presenting a range of updated statistics describing the demographic state of the nation's Latino population.


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"Unmarried and Single Americans Week Sept. 21-27, 2014 "
In this edition of Facts for Features, unmarried people include those who were never married, widowed or divorced, unless otherwise noted.


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Back to School: 2014-2015
This edition of Facts for Features highlights the many statistics associated with the return to classrooms by our nation's students and teachers.


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Labor Day 2014: Sept. 1
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 2014: Sept. 7
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.


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*Special Edition* 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act: July 2
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.


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The Fourth of July 2014
On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.


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Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26
Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, and government services.


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Census Bureau Celebrates 20 Years on the Web
Today, the Census Bureau is making statistics easier to access by redesigning its website and offering new data tools.


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"Father's Day: June 15, 2014"
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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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2014
The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history.


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"Mother's Day: May 11, 2014"
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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2014 Hurricane Season Begins
The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local statistics that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness and recovery efforts.


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2014 NCAA Women's Final Four: April 6-8
The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament has been held annually since 1982.


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2014 NCAA Men's Final Four: April 5-7
The NCAA Final Four men's college basketball games will be played April 5 and April 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


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Older Americans Month: May 2014
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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"Earth Day: April 22, 2014 "
April 22, 2014, marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day — a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment.


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Women's History Month: March 2014
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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Super Bowl XLVIII
Super Bowl XLVIII will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the first time it is held in the New York City metropolitan area.


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Black History Month: February 2014
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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Irish-American Heritage Month and St. Patrick's Day: 2014
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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Valentine's Day 2014: Feb. 14
Expressing one's love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine's Day; sweethearts and family members present gifts and other symbols of affection.

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