Black Friday Business

Black Friday Business

    Thanksgiving is upon us, friends. And that means that the Black Friday madness is sure to follow. The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, is traditionally the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season in America. It’s a day when stores lower prices, offer crazy discounts and open early or even stay open all night. The term “Black Friday” refers to an […]

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June 14 is Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day in America. It’s a day to hang your stars and stripes to show respect and unity for our country. But do you know how Flag Day came to be? June 14, 1777 is the day that the United States officially adopted the flag as its national symbol. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a presidential proclamation that designated June 14 […]

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Love By the Numbers

Love By the Numbers

Even if you don’t own a calendar, you can tell it’s almost Valentine’s Day just by stepping into any store or turning on the television. Yes, February 14 is upon us, so it’s best to be prepared.  While there is no exact timeline to determine when Valentine’s Day started, it can be traced back to early religious celebrations of Saint Valentinus.  In 18th Century England, […]

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Phil’s Day to Shine

Phil’s Day to Shine

The second day of February is Groundhog Day in the United States. If that conjures up visions of Bill Murray in your head, you are not alone. In fact, the 1993 movie Groundhog Day does a pretty accurate job of capturing some of the excitement and events surrounding the holiday in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. As you probably know, Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow every year […]

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Choose Your Holiday Fun

Choose Your Holiday Fun

  With the holiday season in full swing, it’s likely that many people are focused on Christmas and overlooking some opportunities to observe a few lesser-known events. For example, December 21 is also designated as National Re-Gifting Day, which was made official in 2008 by Colorado governor Bill Ritter, Jr.  The day is set on the Thursday before Christmas, so it’s a coincidence that it’s […]

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It’s HO-HO-Holiday Time

It’s HO-HO-Holiday Time

  For many people, this time of year is filled with making lists, travel, sweet treats and a busy social calendar. It also means that people will be feeling the effects of lighter wallets, too. Holiday spending (and often overspending) is something that happens to a lot of Americans this time of year. We shop for our families, for our employees and maybe even a […]

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Just about everyone knows the story of the Pilgrims and Indians, and how Thanksgiving is believed to have started in 1621 with a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Due to that first Thanksgiving, Americans are able to enjoy an annual feast of gigantic proportions, nap on the couch, watch some football and argue with our favorite relatives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, […]

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Veterans Day Facts

Veterans Day Facts

With Veterans Day coming up this week, we thought this would be a great chance to learn more about how the holiday started and why it’s observed in the United States. Veterans Day was actually established as “Armistice Day” in 1919, which marked the end of World War I, and eventually became a national holiday in 1938.  President Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change […]

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Spooky Halloween Facts

Spooky Halloween Facts

The celebration of Halloween dates back nearly 2,000 years, when it had quite a different tone. What started out associated with witches, ghosts and vampires has turned into a more kid-friendly occasion that is linked to carving pumpkins and eating candy.  In the United States, Halloween is also a very profitable holiday for retailers and candy manufacturers. Trick-or-treating is a big deal, whether you have […]

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Hello Labor Day, Good-Bye Summer

Hello Labor Day, Good-Bye Summer

As August ends and Labor Day approaches, many people commonly associate the holiday with the ending of summer. Kids go back to school, the days get shorter and many U.S. workers enjoy a day off work before heading into the grind of the last quarter of the year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the observation of Labor Day likely started in 1882 when workers […]

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