5 Quick Memorial Day Fun Facts
As Memorial Day approaches, many people begin thinking of fun activities like back yard barbeques as well as programs designed to honor fallen soldiers. To make this year’s holiday a little more special, here are five fun facts you may not have known about this special day.
1. Memorial Day used to be May 30th.
The holiday has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War. At that time, it was to be observed on May 30th. In 1971, it was moved to the last Monday in May to follow the guidelines of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This would give people a long weekend for celebrations. However, some groups are attempting to move it back to the original date so that it can be better observed to pay tribute to those who have served and died for the country.
2. Americans are legally required to observe a moment of remembrance.
In 2000, a law was passed by Congress that requires every American to pause to remember the fallen soldiers. This moment is to be at 3 p.m. local time. Most people don’t realize it’s actually a law or they don’t pay attention to the time.
3. Several Southern states have a state Memorial Day.
While Memorial Day was created to honor soldiers on both sides who had died during the Civil War, several southern states have set aside a special day to honor the Confederate soldiers. These states include Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina and Mississippi. The days vary by state, but Virginia observes it on the last Monday in May.
4. It was originally known as ‘Decoration Day’.
Memorial Day was first known as ‘Decoration Day’ because people took that time to decorate the graves of those soldiers who had fallen in the Civil War. Many of these ceremonies happened even while the war was still going on. Several cities have claimed to be the first celebration of Decoration Day, including Boalsburg, Pennsylvania which began in 1864. Waterloo, New York is officially named the place where the first celebration of Decoration Day began.
5. Memorial Day is the second biggest grilling holiday.
Memorial Day falls right behind the Fourth of July as the biggest holiday for grilling. It also happens to be a big traveling holiday as it is unofficially noted as the beginning of the summer vacation season. According to AAA, over 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home over the three-day weekend.
If you want an easy, short getaway, visit the Isle Casino® Cape Girardeau this Memorial Day weekend. You’ll have a chance to win a Chevrolet® Camaro® in the Road Trippin’ Car Giveaway on Saturday, May 27th or enjoy the music of Narvel Felts on Sunday, May 28th. There’s always plenty going on here at the Isle so make plans to spend the holiday with us.