USA Weekend was the second largest national weekend newspaper magazine distributed through more than 800+ newspapers in the United States and was published and owned by Gannett Company as a sister publication to USA Today. The magazine's focus was on social issues, entertainment, health, food and travel. The magazine provided Newspaper In Education classroom guides to partner newspapers. The main competitor for USA Weekend was Advance Publications's Parade and some individual newspaper magazines such as The New York Times Magazine. Most Gannett newspapers by default carried USA Weekend within their papers.
The publication incorporated Family Weekly, a supplement started in 1953, but they considered 1985, the date of Gannett's purchase and re-titling, to be the date of its founding for anniversary purposes.
On December 5, 2014 Gannett announced that the USA Weekend supplement would cease as of the December 26–28, 2014 supplement. Mounting costs and reduced ad revenue were reported as the cause of the shutdown. Since 2015 Parade became the only weekend newspaper magazine still publishing.
Columns and contributors included:
- CookSmart by Ellie Krieger
- EatSmart by Jean Carper
- HealthSmart by The Doctors"
- MoneySmart by Sharon Epperson & Walecia Konrad
- Who's News by Lorrie Lynch
- Wit&Wisdom by Terry Stickels
Make A Difference Day
USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, created by the magazine in 1992, is an annual community service event held on the fourth Saturday of October. At the 2013 event, 14 community groups were awarded $10,000 to donate to their local charities.
- "USA Weekend calls it quits". Davis Enterprise. December 28, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Gannett folds USA Weekend Magazine". Portada. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "USA WEEKEND’s Newspaper in Education Program". USA Weekend. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Brauer, David (August 19, 2009). "Star Tribune plans to dump USA Weekend, pick up Parade". MinnPost. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Elliott, Stuart (December 11, 2014). "Consolidation Coming in Sunday Magazines". New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Gannett Gets Family Weekly". New York Times. February 22, 1985. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Chariton, Jordan (December 5, 2014). "USA Today Shuttering USA Weekend Magazine". TheWrap. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Lenahan, Jim (December 24, 2014). "Last words: USA WEEKEND says goodbye and thanks". USA Today. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Mutter, Alan D. (December 5, 2014). "USA Weekend shuts as costs spike and ads tumble". Alan D. Mutter. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Bazilian, Emma (December 5, 2014). "USA Today Shutters Weekend Magazine - USA Weekend was the country's second-largest news mag". Adweek. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Grant, McKenna (April 26, 2013). "Grassroots volunteers receive national awards in Washington, D.C.". USA Weekend. Retrieved December 28, 2014.