Memorial Day (Holiday)

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday held on the last Monday of May to commemorate the men and women who died in military service for the United States. It is a 3-day weekend for most Americans.


Traditional Food

None

Superstitions

None

Customs

  • Flags Half Mast: US flags are hung at half mast to honor military personnel who died in service and departed veterans
  • ♣ Military Honors: Military installations hold memorials to honor departed service members.
  • ♥ Military Cemetery Visits: Military families visit their lost loved ones at cemeteries.
  • ♦ Summer Gatherings: The holiday coincides with the start of the summer, so civilians tend to hold an outdoor barbecue to enjoy their 3-day weekend. But the holiday is still meant to commemorate lives lost.

Travel Tips

Memorial Day is an observed holiday in the USA and 3-day weekend for most Americans. Please plan accordingly. Contact businesses directly to find out if they have any special holiday hours.

  • Holiday Travel:
    • While not a particularly heavy travel day, you should still make reservations early as it is a 3-day weekend for most Americans
    • Airfare, car rentals, and lodging may charge premium holiday rates
    • Hotels and other accommodations may require a minimum length of stay
    • Expect traffic on Friday and Monday
  • Hours:
    • Non-essential government offices will be closed
    • Most businesses (including groceries and restaurants) will be open 
    • National parks are closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday 
    • Public transportation may have limited hours
  • Road Closures:
    • Roads may be closed ahead of time for commemorations; they remain closed for an extended period of time afterwards for cleanup 
  • Free Street Parking:
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on federal holidays and federally observed holidays (see meter or street sign)
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on Sundays (see meter or street sign)

Event Location

Event Timing

  • Date:May 30, 2022