09/03/17 The Difference between Vacation & Holiday
These two words have similar meanings. They both describe days when you don’t work or go to school. Free time to do what you want, such as travel or relax:
However, we use ‘holiday’ to talk about days that are celebrated by a lot of people. They include religious holidays such as Christmas. They also include national holidays such as Labor Day or Independence Day.
The rules above are for American English. British English uses “holiday” in both cases.
Some days when you don’t work are neither “holidays” nor “vacations”. For example, if you stay home one day just to relax, you take a “day off.”
In school, the periods when there are no classes are called “breaks,” such as summer break.