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4th of July (or US Independence Day)

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an annual celebration of July 4, 1776, when the US won its independence from England


Walter:  What are 'ya gonna' do for the 4th of July? 

Dennis:  We’re havin' a family barbecue and then later on we’ll be watching the fireworks.

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April Fools' Day

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the day (April 1st) when lots of people like to have fun by playing tricks or practical jokes on their friends or family members

Jack likes to put salt in the sugar dish and sugar in the salt shaker on April Fools' Day.

bah humbug

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a saying that is used by someone who strongly dislikes Christmas and everything about it (from a Charles Dickens novel)

You can always hear my friend’s dad say “bah humbug” during the Christmas season.  I don't think he means it seriously.


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a US holiday (as well as other parts of the world) where Christians celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ on December 25th each year

Happy Holidays!Christmas seems to be a time when people are especially joyful and very giving. 


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explosive powder inside a cardboard container that explodes with a loud bang when you light it with a match -- typically used on New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July (generally lit on the ground – illegal in many parts of the U.S.)

Firecrackers are really fun to see on the 4th of July, but we need to be careful when using them.


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a spectacular show of explosives that many spectators can see in the night sky – typically on New Year’s Eve and on the 4th of July

There are always incredible fireworks on the eve of the 4th of July celebration.


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All Hallows' Evening – originally honoring the dead

Nowadays many children dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and/or go to parties on Halloween.  Many adults dress up and go to parties, too.  It's a fun time!

Labor Day

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an American holiday celebrating our workforce

I like Labor Day because we always have barbecues in our backyard.

Mother's Day

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a day of celebrating all mothers to show respect and gratitude for all they do for us

I came all the way from Canada to wish my mom a Happy Mother’s Day.  She'll be so happy!

trick or treat

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what children say on Halloween night when they knock on neighborhood doors to get candy

Lots of young children love to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.