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When Is Memorial Day 2021? Here's What to Know

It'll be here before you know it.

Believe it or not, Memorial Day weekend is almost here—and odds are, you're looking forward to it. After all, the three-day weekend typically marks the start of summer cookouts and offers a chance to relax and kick back with friends and family.    But Memorial Day itself is about so much more than grilling recipes, corn on the cob, and delicious desserts. It's a sacred day of observance, centered on acknowledging, remembering, and thanking the millions of people in uniform who gave their lives for this country. Before anything else, it's about those brave heroes and the incredible sacrifice they made.

Of course, in order to properly pause, reflect, and pay your respects to the soldiers to whom we owe our many freedoms, you'll have to first know when to do so. When is Memorial Day in 2021? And more importantly, what's the backstory behind this very significant holiday? When did it become an official holiday in the United States?

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Find answers to all of these questions below, including the exact date for this year's celebration.

 

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When is Memorial Day in 2021?

This year, Memorial Day is on Monday, May 30, 2021. This means that Memorial Day weekend—the three-day span that encompasses Memorial Day—will take place from Saturday, May 28 through that Monday, May 30.

Is Memorial Day always the last Monday in May?

Yes! So, if you're feeling guilty for not having known the date before reading this article, don't be: Though the holiday is always held on the last Monday in May, the calendar date changes each year.

 

 

 

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But the commemoration of such "memorial days" remained unofficial for several more decades. According to the Library of Congress, it wasn't until 1950 that Congress would agree upon a resolution asking the president to "issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe...Memorial Day, by praying, each in accordance with his religious faith, for permanent peace." Nearly 20 years later in 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was finally passed, which both declared that Memorial Day would take place on the last Monday in May and required that federal employees be granted a day off. In 1971, Memorial Day officially became a federal holiday intended to observe and honor the people who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

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