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Memorial Day Facts

Memorial Day Date Observed:

Enter Year to get the Date of Memorial's Day in Any Year
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Rule to Determine the Date of Memorial Day:
Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Traditional Date of Memorial Day

The traditional date of Memorial Day is the 30th of May.

Federal Holiday Status
Memorial Day Observed is a federal holiday in the United States. Learn more about federal holidays.

Reason We Celebrate Memorial Day:
A day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
In contrast, Veterans Day honors all that have served.

Formal Observance of Memorial Day:

  • Wear a red poppies on Memorial day to honor those who died serving the United States during war
  • At 3 p.m. local time, Americans should pause for a moment of silence or listen to "Taps"
  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of veterans
  • Visit a memorial
  • Attend a parade to honor fallen heroes

Informal Observance of Memorial Day:

  • Family and friends get together for a Picnic
  • Unofficial kick-off of summer season

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