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national holiday

a holiday that is observed throughout a nation.
a holiday that is legally established by a national government rather than by a municipal or state government.
Origin of national holiday
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As this was the salute for the national holiday, he was safe in making the prophecy.

    Old Fort Snelling Marcus L. Hansen
  • Well, they were willing to declare a national holiday now and then.

    Inside John Barth William W. Stuart
  • It is his—and his only—birthday America celebrates as a national holiday.

    Revolutionary Reader Sophie Lee Foster
  • The day of his entry the Emir made, by public notice, a national holiday.

    Travels in Central Asia Arminius Vmbry
  • As Labour Day is a national holiday, it must be regarded as a gala day.

    Gala Day Luncheons Caroline Benedict Burrell

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