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USA Summer Long Weekend: Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the USA Summer ‘s long weekend during summertime. Many schools have already started summer break and will reopen on August 1st or the 2nd week. A few state schools are open until the end of June and reopen after Labor Day weekend — the 1st week of September (end of summer and before the Fall session).

What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that honors and mourns the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. From 1868 to 1970, it was observed on May 30. Since 1971, it has been observed on the last Monday of May. This year, Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27, 2024. A few offices have holidays on Friday (May 24, 2024). Except for a few stores, such as medical, retail, and grocery stores, other stores, offices, and schools will be closed on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Traditions and Rituals:

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades occur in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials.

10 Memorial Day facts about the history of the holiday:

  • The first Memorial Day took place on May 30, 1868.
  • John A. Logan is considered the founder of Memorial Day.
  • American flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Memorial Day.
  • Memorial Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1971.
  • Every Memorial Day, there is a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Memorial Day was created to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War.
  • Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.
  • Waterloo, New York, is the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
  • Many people wear poppies on the Friday before Memorial Day.
  • There is a national moment of silence at 3 p.m.
Place – Chicago

Memorial Day weekend in Chicago:

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of summer in Chicago, and the city knows how to celebrate. Each year, Chicago comes to life with spectacular fireworks displays, buzzing rooftop bars, sunset kayak tours, fun neighborhood festivals, waterfront restaurants with unforgettable views, and so much more.

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My Memorial Day weekend plan:

I generally like to spend time with myself and my daughter, sleep late at night, wake up late, spend time with family and friends, roam here and there, visit restaurants, and check the offers in retail stores for dresses or gift items, including window shopping. My official gardening also starts this week, as I get an extra day to take care of my plants.

Spending time with myself is my best plan during any long weekend and especially USA Summer holidays, as there is no daily routine and a holiday vibe during any long weekend.

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