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Here are New England's special celebrations and commemorations.

Skiing at Mad River Glen VT


Massasoit Statue, Plymouth MA


Canoe on Walden Pond, Concord MA



For the full list of federal (national) and New England state official holidays, click here.


New Year's Eve, First Night, is celebrated with winter festivities in Boston MA, Burlington VT, and 16 other New England cities and towns. New Year's Day is a national holiday, with most everything closed, including most museums and attractions.

The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday, a favorite weekend to go skiing in New England.


George Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents Day, is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Though some museums remain open, most offices are closed, and most New Englanders go skiing or snowboarding. More...


March 17th is Evacuation Day, a local holiday in Massachusetts' Suffolk County (including Boston) which, not coincidentally, falls on St Patrick's Day. More...


Patriots Day (April 19th), is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, with re-enactment of the battles between Minutemen and Redcoats at Lexington Green and Concord North Bridge in Massachusetts: real musket fire, but no bullets. More...

The world-famous Boston Marathon is run on Patriots Day as well. More...


Memorial Day, a national holiday commemorating America's armed forces, is the last Monday in May, and the Saturday and Sunday preceding it, are the unofficial beginning of New England's summer tourism season. Travel services are mostly fully booked. More...


No national holidays in June, and New England's weather is at its most unpredictable. Early June is not busy in New England's vacation areas because most children are still in school, but when school ends in mid-June, many families head out for their summer vacations. More...


Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is America's national patriotic holiday. The tourist season is in full swing. More...


Newport Folk Festival & Jazz Festival draw thousands of music-lovers to Fort Adams State Park in Newport RI, on alternate weekends in August. Performers include big names. (See also Newport Music Festival in July.)

Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland ME, first weekend, with lobsters on the table everywhere.

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair, second week in August, Mount Sunapee State Park, near Newbury NH, has crafts displays and demonstrations amid other festivities.

Bennington Battle Days, Bennington VT, commemorates the Battle of Bennington (August 11, 1777) with exhibits, speeches and celebrations. More...


Labor Day, the first Monday in September, and the weekend preceding it, mark the unofficial end of New England's summer tourism season: everyone goes to the beach!

Vermont State Fair, Rutland VT, on Labor Day weekend, with agricultural exhibits, games, rides, and entertainment.

Blue Hill Fair, Blue Hill ME, a country fair with rides, games, and lots to eat.

Eastern States Exposition, "The Big E," near Springfield MA, is New England's largest agricultural fair, with a midway, games, rides, agricultural judgings, lots of eats, and general fun.

Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival, late September or early October, home-town church breakfasts, crafts sales and open-house tours in several towns.

National Traditional Old-Time Fiddler's Contest, Barre, VT, with lots of good music, in late September. More...


Festival of Vermont Crafts, Montpelier VT, late October, features crafts both traditional and modern.

Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, makes a mid-month three-day weekend in the middle of fall foliage season when everyone enjoys the blazing colors of the leaves. More...

Hallowe'en, the American version of the vigil for All Saints Day, has its roots in old Celtic customs, and its locus in Salem MA, home of the 1692 Salem witch trials. More...


Veterans Day, November 11th (or the nearest Friday or Monday), commemorates members of the US armed forces and their service to their country. More...

Thanksgiving Celebration, Plymouth MA, fourth Thursday in November, with authentic colonial food, dress and festivities in town, at Plymouth Rock, and at nearby Plimoth Plantation.


Christmas Eve (December 24th) and Christmas Day (December 25th), a national holiday, are celebrated with special festivities throughout New England. New Year's Day (January 1st) is a national holiday as well. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

Tom's New England Almanac

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Color Guard, Concord MA

Above, Independence Day (July 4th) parade, Concord MA.

Waterfire, Providence RI
Waterfire in Providence RI.

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