Memorial Day 2023: Is Memorial Day a national holiday?

Memorial Day 2023: Is Memorial Day a national holiday?
Memorial Day 2023: Is Memorial Day a national holiday?

The United States has several holidays and celebrations that honor the military. One of these is the memorial dayknown as Memorial Day, in Spanish.

Originally called ‘Decoration Day’, Memorial Day is celebrated the last monday of may to honor those who died while serving in the United States Army. This 2023, Memorial Day is commemorated on Monday, May 29, but is it a holiday? We explain to you.

Memorial Day 2023: Is Memorial Day a national holiday?

Memorial Day is one of 11 permanent federal holidays in the United States. Following the recognition of Juneteenth Day as a federal holiday in 2021, there are 11 holidays, which are designated by Congress in Title V of the United States Code.

Memorial Day, originally called ‘Decoration Day’, is a holiday in which commemorates those who died serving the United States. Although the origins of this holiday are not exact, they began after the Civil War.

Memorial Day: hours of supermarkets, banks and post offices

Being a national holiday, Government offices, as well as post offices, libraries, schools, the stock market, and banks are generally closed on Memorial Day.

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On the other hand, not all federal holidays are observed in supermarkets or pharmacies. In the case of Memorial Day, most stores remain open, though hours may vary.

Among the stores that will open are Walmart, Target and Sam’s Club, while Costco will close. Most of the restaurants and food franchises will also be open. pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens will also open.

United States Holidays 2023 Calendar

Although the United States Congress has established specific days for certain holidays, some holidays are observed on a different day if they fall on a weekend. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the Friday before. On the other hand, if a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.

This is the Complete calendar of holidays in the United States this 2023:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, but as it falls on a Sunday it is observed on Monday, January 2
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (Third Monday in January) – January 16
  • Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day (Third Monday in February) – February 20
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May) – May 29
  • Juneteenth Day – June 19
  • Independence Day – July 4
  • Labor Day or Labor Day (first Monday in September) – September 4
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October) – October 9
  • Veterans Day or Veterans Day – November 11, but as it falls on a Saturday, it is observed on Friday, November 10
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November): November 23
  • Christmas Day – December 25

Here you can check the dates of the holidays for the coming years.

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