Wednesday 29 March 2017
(Week 13)

Memorial Day 2017, 2018 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Memorial Day 2017 and Memorial Day 2018.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
May 29, 2017 Memorial Day 2017 Monday
May 28, 2018 Memorial Day 2018 Monday
May 27, 2019 Memorial Day 2019 Monday
May 25, 2020 Memorial Day 2020 Monday
May 31, 2021 Memorial Day 2021 Monday
May 30, 2022 Memorial Day 2022 Monday
May 29, 2023 Memorial Day 2023 Monday
May 27, 2024 Memorial Day 2024 Monday
May 26, 2025 Memorial Day 2025 Monday
May 25, 2026 Memorial Day 2026 Monday
May 31, 2027 Memorial Day 2027 Monday

Significance of Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day 2017 formally known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday observed yearly on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2017 is a day that commemorates all men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America.

History of Memorial Day

The history of Memorial Day 2017 dates back to the American Civil War. It started as an event to honour soldiers who had died during the war. It is said to be inspired by the way people in the Southern states honoured the dead. The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868. There was over twenty four cities and towns across the United States that claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo (New York) was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. In the late 19th century, the holiday (previously known as Decoration Day) became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. Originally, the holiday used to be celebrated on May 30, regardless of the day of the week that it fell on. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed and as a result the day changed.

Traditions of Memorial Day

Traditionally Memorial Day is viewed as a time of honour and remembrance. Throughout the United States it is common to visit cemeteries, particularly military ones, and decorate graves of the deceased with flowers, small flags and wreathes. Other common traditions of Memorial Day 2017 that are still practiced today include the raising the U.S. flag quickly to the tops of flagpoles, slowly lowered to half-mast, and then it is raised again to full height at noon. The lowering of the flag at half-mast is meant to honour the fallen soldiers who have died for their country over the years. While re-raising the flag is meant to symbolize the resolve of the living to carry on the fight for freedom so that the nation's heroes will not have died in vain. On the United States Capitol Building's West Lawn, a Memorial Day concert is held annually and is broadcasted live around the country. Additionally, there are thousands of Memorial Day 2017 parades all across the country in cities small and large. Many will wear or put on a display of red poppies on this day as a symbol of fallen soldiers. This tradition grew out of the famous poem by Canadian John McCrae known as ‘In Flander's Fields', where Moina Michael conceived an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honour of those who died serving the nation during war.

When is Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day 2017 is a federal holiday and falls on the last Monday of May. The date of the Holiday changes each year but always remains on a Monday; consult the above table for exact dates.
See besides 'Memorial Day' even more holidays, click on one of the links below.

View or download the 2017 calendar.

See also the 2017 Calendar.