Sunday 5 April 2020
(Week 15)

Memorial Day 2020, 2021 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Memorial Day 2020 and Memorial Day 2021.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.

DateHolidayDayWeek numberDays to go
Memorial Day 2020 Monday 22 50
Memorial Day 2021 Monday 22 421
Memorial Day 2022 Monday 22 785
Memorial Day 2023 Monday 22 1149
Memorial Day 2024 Monday 22 1513
Memorial Day 2025 Monday 22 1877
Memorial Day 2026 Monday 22 2241
Memorial Day 2027 Monday 22 2612
Memorial Day 2028 Monday 22 2976
Memorial Day 2029 Monday 22 3340
Memorial Day 2030 Monday 22 3704

Significance of Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day 2020 formally known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday observed yearly on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020

Memorial Day 2020 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 2020 calendar.

See also the 2020 Calendar.


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