Have you heard the news? According to a Mass Live report published on May 21, a highly anticipated holiday is almost here. A three-day weekend and unofficial kick-off to the summer season is just a few hours away and Americans are more than ready to celebrate. It’s Memorial Day, an American holiday that honors the brave men and women who have died in service to our country. The federal holiday is observed each year on the last Monday in May. This year’s event is observed on May 25, 2015.
Each year, millions of Americans will celebrate Memorial Day by attending parades, concerts, memorial services, rallies, backyard barbecues and family get-togethers. According to the AAA, more than 37 million Americans will hit the road over the holiday weekend (travelling 50 miles or more from home. ) And if you are one of the millions traveling this weekend (or any time during the summer season), be sure to stock up on Twizzlers, the tasty twisted treats kids of all ages love to eat!
Some businesses, government offices and services around the nation will be closed in honor of occasion. Please call ahead or visit the organization’s website for information on closures.
Government Offices – Non-essential federal, state and city government offices will be closed. Federal and state courts will also be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Postal and Package Information – U.S. post offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered or sent on Memorial Day. The United Parcel Service (UPS) will also observe the Memorial Day holiday although UPS Express Critical will be available. FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Freight will also observe Memorial Day 2015.
Stock Market – If you are planning on adding to your portfolio, Monday may not be your lucky day. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ Stock Market will be closed in observance of the holiday.
Schools and Banks – Many banks across the nation will be closed. Schools and colleges will also be closed.
Businesses and Services – It’s business as usual for many businesses, malls, stores and supermarkets across the nation. Some may even be offering special Memorial Day steals-and-deals in honor of the occasion. Depending on where you live, transportation service and garbage pickup may be impacted for the holiday.
Whether you plan to celebrate Memorial Day by attending a large celebration or small get-together, please remember to take a moment to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thank you to all who have served.
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