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Practicalities

Business Hours

These are general guidelines and may vary:
Bars: 5pm-midnight Sun-Thu, to 2am Fri & Sat
Banks: 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Thu, to 5:30pm Fri (and possibly 9am-noon Sat)
Nightclubs: 10pm-2am Thu-Sat
Post offices: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri
Shopping Malls: 9am-9pm
Stores: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun
Supermarkets: 8am-8pm, some open 24 hours



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Electricity

AC 110V is standard; buy adapters to run most non-U.S. electronics



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Weights & Measures

Weight: ounces (oz), pounds (lb), tons
Liquid: oz, pints, quarts, gallons (gal)
Distance: feet (ft), yards (yd), miles (mi)



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Public Holidays

On the following national public holidays, banks, schools and government offices (including post offices) are closed, and transportation, museums and other services operate on a Sunday schedule. Holidays falling on a weekend are usually observed the following Monday.
New Year’s Day: January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day: Third Monday in February
Memorial Day: Last Monday in May
Independence Day: July 4
Labor Day: First Monday in September
Columbus Day: Second Monday in October
Veterans Day: November 11
Thanksgiving: Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day: December 25
During spring break—which occurs throughout March and April—high school and college students get a week off from school. For students of all ages, the summer holidays runs from June to August.



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Etiquette

Americans tend to eat early at restaurants and at home, so don’t be surprised to find a restaurant half full at noon or 5:30pm. In smaller towns, it may be hard to find anywhere to eat after 9pm. If invited to dinner, it’s polite to arrive within 15 minutes of the designated time.

Americans are informal in their dining manners, although they will usually wait until everyone is served before eating. Many foods are eaten with the fingers, and an entire piece of bread may be buttered at once. The sight of beer bottles on the dinner table is not uncommon.

A few other pieces of dining etiquette: it’s customary to place your napkin on your lap, even before the meal is served. In general, try to avoid putting your elbows on the table. Wait until everyone is served to begin eating. And many Americans say a prayer before meals; it’s fine to sit quietly if you prefer not to participate.



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Smoking

About half the states, the District of Columbia and many municipalities are entirely smoke-free in restaurants, bars and workplaces. You may still encounter smoky lobbies in chain hotels and budget-minded inns, but most other lodgings are smoke-free.



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Time

The USA uses Daylight Saving Time. On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set one hour ahead (‘spring forward’). Then, on the first Sunday of November, clocks are turned back one hour (‘fall back’). Note: Arizona (except the Navajo Nation), Hawaii and much of Indiana don’t follow DST.

The date system is written as month/day/year. Thu, 8 June 2012 becomes 6/8/12.



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Photography & Video

Print film can be found in drugstores (chemists) and at specialty camera shops. Digital camera memory cards are widely available at chain retailers such as Best Buy and Target.

Always ask permission if you want to photograph someone close-up; anyone who then agrees to be photographed may expect a small tip. Some Native American tribal lands prohibit photography and video completely; when it’s allowed, you may be required to purchase a permit.

U.S. video systems: NTSC standard (incompatible with PAL or SECAM); DVDs coded for Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only).



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