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Memorial Day 2020 — Early, As In May 25, But Not Unusual.

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Prior to 1971, it was called ‘Decoration Day’ & always held on May 31st, irrespective of what day of the week it was.

As of 1971 it became ‘Memorial Day‘ & would be held on the LAST Monday of May.

Last Monday of May can fall between the 25th & 31st.

So, while May 25th may seem early — and it is (in that it is THE earliest it can now be) — it is not uncommon.

We had Memorial Day on May 25th just 5-years ago, in 2015. You can’t remember that?

And it was 6-years prior to that. Prior that that we had an 11-year gap.

Memorial Day falling on the 25th goes in those 5-6-11 year cycles. That is the same for all these types of fixed day events. 11-year gaps come about due to Leap Years.

We will have Memorial Day again on May 25th in 6-years time. Don’t forget.

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by Anura Guruge

This Year’s May 30 ‘Memorial Day’ Isn’t Unusual — Used To Be THE Day Until 1971

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Memorial Days Past & Future

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Prior to 1971 ‘Memorial Day‘ (which was originally known as ‘Decoration Day‘) was always celebrated on ‘May 30’ — irrespective of what day of the week it was. The holiday goes back to the end of the Civil War.

In 1968 Congress, with the ‘Uniform Holidays Bill‘ aimed at creating 3-day weekends, mandated that ‘Memorial Day’ would be on the last Monday of May. As such it can fall anywhere from May 25 to May 31. This year will be the 7th time, since 1971, it has fallen on May 30.

May 26, May 28 and May 31 have already had 7 instances. Falls the least often on the earliest possible day, May 25.

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by Anura Guruge