federal holidays in the united states

The Consumer Technology Association forecasts that 400,000 drones will be sold in the United States this holiday season. That’s not to mention the commercial drones being developed by Google (now known as Alphabet), Amazon, Walmart and others.

In the face of this drone proliferation, the Federal Aviation Administration called a special task force to develop a way to get a grip on all the drones in the sky. The task force is now recommended that the government set up a simple registration system for anyone who owns an unmanned aircraft heavier than 250 grams, which is about half a pound.

5 Things To Know: FAA Task Force Recommends A Drone Registry

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Hellenic Devotions for Memorial Day

In the United States, Memorial Day is a federal holiday serving as remembrance for the American war dead. As such, devotions to Ares and his retinue are appropriate, as well as offerings made to the Gods of the dead.

Devotional activities include visitations to local graveyards and cemeteries, volunteering your time at a veteran’s hospital, and making a donation to charities like The Wounded Warrior Project.

Gods of War include: Ares, Athena, Enyo, Nike, Zeus, and Apollon

Gods of the Dead include: Haides, Persephone, Thanatos, and Hermes Kthonios

Prayers may be said to Haides or to the three judges of the Underworld–Rhadamanthys, Minos, and Aiakos, to judge fallen heroes that come before them justly so that they may achieve Elysium in the afterlife.

Altars built and offerings made to fallen soldiers are especially appropriate on this day.

Memorial Day often marks the beginning of the summer season in the United States, so offerings to theoi of summer are also appropriate, however these devotions will be covered in the Summer Solstice post.

The Spooktacular Numbers Behind Halloween In The United States 

This year, 157 million Americans are going to celebrate Halloween, down on last year’s 162 million, according to the National Retail Federation. The spending behind Halloween is going to be truly spooktacular, as ever, with total spending across the United States expected to hit $6.9 billion. Read more >


Happy Labor Day!

In the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday, Labor Day. Originally celebrated in New York City’s Union Square in 1882, Labor Day was organized by unions as a rare day of rest for the overworked during the Industrial Revolution. It falls halfway between July 4th and Thanksgiving, offering time for laborers to picnic, parade, and also protest.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? - Kenneth C. Davis

Animation by TED-Ed

me: i don’t give a shit about july 4th

harry: *shows up today in gemma’s snapchat wearing that star printed shirt*

me: Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by-