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When is Memorial Day?


Memorial Day Weekend at Arlington National Cemetery

During Memorial Day weekend each year, members of The Old Guard place American flags in front of the gravestones and columbarium niches of every service member buried or inurned at Arlington Cemetery in a tradition known as Flags In

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Question: When is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States, is observed on the last Monday of May each year. Originally established as Decoration Day, Memorial Day commemorates members of the United States military who died while serving their country. Memorial Day weekend is observed throughout the Southeastern United States with many patriotic ceremonies, concerts, festivals and performances.

Memorial Day weekend is also unofficially recognized as the beginning of the summer travel season, making the long holiday weekend one of the most popular of the year for beach getaways, mountain escapes, shopping trips and other weekend destinations.

Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day, which is always observed on November 11. It is also occasionally confused with Labor Day, the end of the summer holiday, which is observed on the first Monday in September.

Memorial Day Dates:

  • 2014 - Monday, May 26
  • 2015 - Monday, May 25
  • 2016 - Monday, May 30
  • 2017 - Monday, May 29
  • 2018 - Monday, May 28
  • 2019 - Monday, May 27
  • 2020 - Monday, May 25
  • 2021 - Monday, May 31
  • 2022 - Monday, May 30
  • 2023 - Monday, May 29
  • 2024 - Monday, May 27
  • 2025 - Monday, May 26
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