In America, September signals an end and a beginning

For many U.S. students, it’s the end of summer vacation and time to head back to school. Many Americans look forward to cooler, crisper weather, and fall favorites like football and Labor Day picnics. You can take a closer look at some fall traditions in this month’s Culture Guide, as well as a quick visit to the home of American democracy, Washington, D.C.

Celebrating Labor Day

Unlike most, this is a Monday to look forward to! On the first Monday of September, U.S. businesses and schools close to celebrate Labor Day. The first Labor Day took place in 1882 in New York City when many labor unions joined forces to celebrate workingmen in the city. The idea quickly spread throughout the country. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland named Labor Day a national holiday.

It’s Not Fall without Football

American football, unlike football in the rest of the world, involves an oval-shaped ball. There’s a lot of contact as players tackle each other, trying to stop the other team from passing, or running the ball to the end of the field and scoring a touchdown. Football is played by kids, high school and college athletes, and professionals in the National Football League (NFL). The NFL features 32 teams, all hoping to make the championship game called the Super Bowl at the end of the season. Many NFL football games are played on Sundays, so don’t be surprised to see Americans wearing their team jerseys and gathering around the TV with family and friends to cheer for their teams. This Sunday ritual often includes eating chicken wings, chili, nachos, and more. Get in on the fun!

Support Young People in Your Community

Do you enjoy spending time with young people? Whether you tutor a student, coach a team or participate in a fundraising event, volunteering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a great way to meet new people and give back to your community.

President’s Park

President's Park in Washington, D.C., is the home of the White House, where the U.S. president lives. America’s first president, George Washington, chose the site for the White House in 1791, and the home was built between 1792 and 1800. British soldiers burned it down during the War of 1812. President James Monroe moved into the rebuilt White House in 1817, while it was still under construction. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the White House has been renovated several times. It includes 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases, and three elevators! If you’ll be in Washington, D.C., be sure to visit! Check the White House Tours schedule.