Memorial Day this year is Monday, May 27. It’s time to fire up the grill and hang your American flag. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May. It honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
At 3 p.m., people are encouraged to stop for a moment of silence on Memorial Day.
What is opened and what is closed?
Most government offices and some private businesses are closed for Memorial Day. Banks, the U.S. Postal Service, the stock market and schools are closed or not in service. Most UPS and FedEx services are also unavailable that day. Trash pick-up varies, check your local provider. The DMV is closed, and courts are not in session.
Most stores are open on Memorial Day, however, Costco is closed. Good Housekeeping has complied a comprehensive list of retail and grocery stores, along with restaurants and fast food chains that are open.
Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer and summer travel. AAA predicts this holiday weekend will see the most road-trippers on record with over 37.6 million hitting the road.
INRIX, a global transportation analytics company in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. According to AAA, Orlando and Tampa are among the top 10 destinations for travelers to visit this Memorial Day weekend.