Thousands of New Citizens Help U.S. Celebrate Birthday

In celebration of its 237th birthday, the United States is welcoming more than 7,800 new citizens in more than 100 naturalization ceremonies across the country and overseas from July 1 to July 5. “The United States has a long
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Statement from the President Obama on Passover

Statement from the President on Passover As we prepare for our fifth Seder in the White House, Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Passover here in America, in the State of Israel, and around the world. Tonight, Jewish families will gather with family and friends (more...)

Russian Orthodox Christmas Tradition

Thirteen days after Western Christmas, on January 7th, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas, in accordance with the old Julian calendar. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, January 7th has become an official national holiday. This is the date of the Russian Orthodox Christmas – Nativity (more...)

A Tree for the Season

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, decorated each year and pictured here in 2007, stands lit in front of the General Electric building in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza. Christmas trees are believed to date back to Martin Luther, the 16th-century German cleric. According to legend, Luther brought home to (more...)

Dickens Village Show

A Philadelphia tradition for more than 20 years, the third floor of Macy’s is transformed into “Dickens Village” for the holiday season. The 6,000-square-foot Village brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to life with more than 100 fully animated figures reenacting 26 of the story’s (more...)

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade Is Coming

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2011, The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade will start in Philadelphia at 8:30 a.m. It is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the nation. First held in 1920 and was created by Gimbel Brothers Department Store for the children and residents of Philadelphia. After Gimbel's (more...)

Philly Grown Chef’s Tasty Autumn Recipe

Now that Halloween has passed, its on to the next, even greater American tradition – Thanksgiving – and what says thanks giving more than a traditional pumpkin pie. Whether your looking to celebrate Thanksgiving the traditional American way or just want to cook up something delicious, pumpkin pie is certainly the (more...)

State of the Union Address Deeply Rooted in USA History

When President Obama addresses leaders of the U.S. federal government on January 25 he will be fulfilling a constitutional obligation and following a long-standing tradition of American presidents. The U.S. Constitution requires that the president report to Congress “from time to time” on the “State of the Union.” (more...)

Auctions: New Year’s Day Tradition

New Year's Day traditionally has been a time for country auctions.  On Jan. 1 2011, a lot of them are scheduled within 50 miles of Philadelphia. Such as the venerable Farmersville New Year's Day antique and collectible sale in Ephrata and advertises 1,500 lots of small items and 600 lots of (more...)

New Year’s Day Mummers Parade

“The Philadelphia Mummers Parade features unique costumes, music, and pageantry. Crowds line Broad St., from South Philly straight through Center City. The climax of the parade takes place at City Hall and the PA Convention Center where the official judging takes place. It starts at 8:50 a.m. By the time it's (more...)


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