Holidays

2024-05-21 21:28:34
by Dan McCue
Preparations Underway on Capitol Hill for Memorial Day Concert

WASHINGTON — The sky smiled Tuesday on workers preparing for this weekend’s annual national Memorial Day Concert on the West... Read More

WASHINGTON — The sky smiled Tuesday on workers preparing for this weekend’s annual national Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. As scaffolding and lighting was lifted into place, a pair of American flags waved in... Read More

Ready, Set, Travel: The Holiday Rush Is Underway

It's beginning to look a lot like a hectic holiday travel season, but it might go relatively smoothly if the... Read More

It's beginning to look a lot like a hectic holiday travel season, but it might go relatively smoothly if the weather cooperates. Travel over Christmas and New Year's tends to spread out over many days, so the peaks in the... Read More

2023-12-06 21:28:10
by Dan McCue
Health Officials Remind Residents to Get Shots Ahead of Holidays

ALTOONA, Pa. — With Christmas and New Year’s gatherings just around the corner, health officials in Pennsylvania are encouraging state... Read More

ALTOONA, Pa. — With Christmas and New Year’s gatherings just around the corner, health officials in Pennsylvania are encouraging state residents to remain up to date on their vaccinations, particularly those intended to protect against COVID-19 and the flu. “Getting... Read More

2023-11-27 20:30:37
by Dan McCue
White House Celebrates Christmas Through Eyes of a Child

WASHINGTON — The White House kicked off the Christmas season this week by debuting a spectacular presentation of the “magic,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House kicked off the Christmas season this week by debuting a spectacular presentation of the “magic, wonder and joy” of the holiday through the eyes of a child. Anyone familiar with the traditional White House tour... Read More

2023-11-20 22:11:35
by Dan McCue
President Biden Pardons National Thanksgiving Turkeys

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Monday pardoned the latest pair of national turkeys, an annual tradition that marks the unofficial... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Monday pardoned the latest pair of national turkeys, an annual tradition that marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in Washington, and had a little fun at his own expense, as his birthday happened... Read More

2023-11-20 14:42:46
by Jesse Zucker
The History of the Turkey Trot and How to Participate

WASHINGTON — Have you ever been out for a walk on Thanksgiving Day and seen a crowd of people running... Read More

WASHINGTON — Have you ever been out for a walk on Thanksgiving Day and seen a crowd of people running in turkey costumes? You weren’t hallucinating — you saw The Turkey Trot. The costumes are a newer addition, but the... Read More

2023-11-13 20:46:09
by Jesse Zucker
Tips for a Healthy and Balanced Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON — The holiday season is upon us, and Thanksgiving is next week. A holiday centered around eating and drinking... Read More

WASHINGTON — The holiday season is upon us, and Thanksgiving is next week. A holiday centered around eating and drinking may cause stress if you’re trying to eat healthy. Thanksgiving is only one day — or maybe a few days,... Read More

2023-11-01 21:24:18
by Dan McCue
Capitol Christmas Tree Soon to Begin Journey to DC

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Believe it or not, it is that time of year again. This year’s Capitol Christmas tree began... Read More

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Believe it or not, it is that time of year again. This year’s Capitol Christmas tree began its journey from the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia to the nation’s capital Wednesday morning. That’s when West Virginia... Read More

2023-10-11 13:05:55
by Jesse Zucker
Healthy Halloween Party Dishes

WASHINGTON —Walking through the streets of Washington, D.C., you’ll notice pumpkins, spider webs and skeletons: it’s officially spooky season. Halloween... Read More

WASHINGTON —Walking through the streets of Washington, D.C., you’ll notice pumpkins, spider webs and skeletons: it’s officially spooky season. Halloween may call to mind dressing up in a costume and eating and drinking sweet treats. If you’re trying to live... Read More

What Is Indigenous Peoples Day? A Day of Celebration, Protest and Reclaiming History

From Alcatraz Island to a park in New York City, Native American people will celebrate their centuries-long history of resilience... Read More

From Alcatraz Island to a park in New York City, Native American people will celebrate their centuries-long history of resilience on Monday with ceremonies, dances and speeches. The events across the U.S. come two years after President Joe Biden officially commemorated... Read More

2023-10-06 15:47:39
by Jesse Zucker
Tips on How to Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

WASHINGTON — The air is getting cooler, pumpkins are on doorsteps and plastic skeletons are posing in yards. Halloween is... Read More

WASHINGTON — The air is getting cooler, pumpkins are on doorsteps and plastic skeletons are posing in yards. Halloween is coming to Washington, D.C. There are many upcoming events for people of all ages to enjoy. Planning ahead and taking... Read More

2023-09-20 19:07:55
by Dan McCue
Retailers Expect Record Year for Halloween Sales

WASHINGTON — Total Halloween spending could reach a record $12.2 billion this year, significantly outpacing last year’s record $10.6 billion... Read More

WASHINGTON — Total Halloween spending could reach a record $12.2 billion this year, significantly outpacing last year’s record $10.6 billion in sales, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. The annual market appraisal, which was performed on... Read More

2023-06-28 18:03:42
by Dan McCue
‘Capitol Fourth’ Concert Road Closures Announced

WASHINGTON — With Independence Day just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for the annual road closures associated... Read More

WASHINGTON — With Independence Day just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for the annual road closures associated with “A Capitol Fourth,” the holiday concert broadcast live by PBS from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. This... Read More

2023-06-16 16:06:26
by Dan McCue
Juneteenth to Be Marked by Celebration and Remembrance

WASHINGTON — Just two years after becoming a formal federal holiday, Juneteenth has truly become a national day of celebration... Read More

WASHINGTON — Just two years after becoming a formal federal holiday, Juneteenth has truly become a national day of celebration and remembrance with public events commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans scheduled from coast to coast. Here in Washington,... Read More

Southwest Says It Expects Normal Operations to Resume Friday

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said it expects to return to normal operations Friday after slashing about two-thirds of its... Read More

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said it expects to return to normal operations Friday after slashing about two-thirds of its schedule in recent days, including canceling another 2,350 flights Thursday. Southwest is struggling to recover after being overwhelmed by a... Read More

Massive Winter Storm Brings Frigid Temps, Snow and Ice to US

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Tens of millions of Americans endured bone-chilling temperatures, blizzard conditions, power outages and canceled holiday gatherings... Read More

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Tens of millions of Americans endured bone-chilling temperatures, blizzard conditions, power outages and canceled holiday gatherings Friday from a winter storm that forecasters said was nearly unprecedented in its scope, exposing about 60% of the U.S. population to... Read More

Temperatures Fall Far and Fast as Winter Storm Threatens US

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Temperatures plunged far and fast Thursday as a winter storm began forming ahead of Christmas weekend,... Read More

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Temperatures plunged far and fast Thursday as a winter storm began forming ahead of Christmas weekend, promising heavy snow, ice, flooding and powerful winds across a broad swath of the country and complicating holiday travel. The National... Read More

Storm Adds Uncertainty to Strong Holiday Travel Demand

Concerns about illness or inflation aren’t stopping Americans from hitting the roads and airports this holiday season. But a massive... Read More

Concerns about illness or inflation aren’t stopping Americans from hitting the roads and airports this holiday season. But a massive winter storm might. Forecasters predict an onslaught of heavy snow, ice, flooding and even tornadoes from Thursday to Saturday in a broad... Read More

2022-11-29 19:39:30
by Dan McCue
‘Tis the Season: Capitol, White House Christmas Trees to Be Lighted

WASHINGTON — If you love attending Christmas tree lightings, the next two days will be especially exciting. On Tuesday night,... Read More

WASHINGTON — If you love attending Christmas tree lightings, the next two days will be especially exciting. On Tuesday night, at 5 p.m., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will join members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation and Gov. Roy... Read More

Biden, Family Attend Christmas Tree Lighting on Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family's tradition of eating lunch, shopping and watching a Christmas tree lighting in downtown... Read More

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family's tradition of eating lunch, shopping and watching a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Nantucket on Friday became mostly about keeping the president's 2-year-old grandson from having a meltdown. There was President Joe Biden's... Read More

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