Occurring between the end of September and early October, homecoming is a chiefly American university tradition, in which college alumni are welcomed back to their college. The event is usually a bombastic affair, which includes a game (usually American football), a marching band and the coronation of the homecoming king and queen.
2. Yard Sales
Largely a summer activity, yard sales are a highly popular way in the United States of offloading surplus possessions for small financial gain. Families will even erect signs a mile from their house in an effort to alert drivers to the sale's location. While such sales do exist in the UK, they are often organised by just children with the aim of selling toys.
3. School-Related Activities
While it is not unheard of for kids in the UK to do extra-curricula school activities on a weekend, the concept is no way near as widespread as it is stateside; in the United States, high school students will sign up for every conceivable event, from marching-band practice to extra gymnasium class.
4. Attending Church
Overall, church plays a much larger role in American life than it does in the UK. This is hardly surprising, given that 37% of the UK's population say they do not believe in God, compared to just 10% of non-believers in the United States. Additionally, Americans tend to be a lot more open about their faith than Brits, with phrases such as, "have a blessed day", God bless you", and "amen" in wider use across America.
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