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|School holidays in the United States|
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In the United States , the academic year typically has about 180 school days for K-6, running from the early (Northern Hemisphere) fall to early summer. Colleges and universities often have shorter years. School holidays (also referred to as vacations, breaks, and recess) are the periods during which schools are closed.
- All federal and state holidays.
- Thanksgiving Holiday - Fourth Thursday in November. Usually Black Friday is also a holiday marked "Day After Thanksgiving" and the Wednesday before is often a holiday or early-dismissal day. Some schools even give students the entire fourth week of November off.
- Christmas/Holiday break - Typically there are no classes on Christmas Eve and December 23 might be a half-day. The break lasts until the first weekday in January after New Year's Day. In years where January 1 falls on a Sunday (such as 2017), New Year's Day is federally celebrated on Monday and classes begin on Tuesday, January 3. Some areas include the entirety of the Christmas and/or New Year's week in the vacation.
- Fall break - (not taken in all parts of the country) 1-2 weeks in September or October, sometimes coinciding with Labor Day.
- Winter break - (not taken in all parts of the country) 1 week in February or March, sometimes coinciding with Presidents' Day.
- Spring break - 1 week in March or April (usually around Easter).
- Summer break - Around 10–11 weeks, either from the end of May to early August, early June to Mid-August, or the end of June to the day after Labor Day in early September - depending on region and state. Students with disabilities may receive special education services during the summer as mentioned in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The break includes Independence Day.
- Religious holidays such as Good Friday, Jewish holidays, Hindu holidays, Chinese holidays, and Islamic holidays - depending on school demographics.
- Many public schools also have Teacher's Day Off/In-Service (Convention)/Professional Day 2 or 3 days per year, usually devoted to professional development.
Schools offering voluntary summer camp are also off on Independence Day though the regular school year generally includes this holiday as part of the larger summer break.
- Thanksgiving Holiday - End of November (Thanksgiving & Day after, and most often also on Wednesday).
- Christmas/Holiday & Winter break - December 23 to mid/end of January (winter term classes might be offered after New Year).
- Spring Break - one week in March or April, usually following Easter or Patriots' Day, and involving warm-weather trip traditions.
- Summer Break - Early/mid of May to day after Labor day in early September (summer term classes might be offered).
- Major federal and state holidays (Private may observe religious holidays) (such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day).
Most colleges and universities divide the school year into two semesters. The fall semester often begins the day after Labor Day in early September and runs until mid-December. The spring semester typically starts in the middle or end of January and runs until May. Winter and summer classes might be offered in January and May–August..
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