When is Memorial Day 2026?
According to the official federal holiday calendar, the Memorial Day 2026 date will be happily celebrated on Monday, May 25th (5/25/2026).
But do You Really Know the Meaning of this Special Date?
This patriotic holiday was created to honor the millions of American service members who died heroically defending the United States and the freedom of its people.
On this special day people are invited to be grateful and honor those men and women who gave their lives for the good of the nation.
Traditionally, people take advantage of the day to visit cemeteries, especially military ones, and decorate the tombs of national heroes with flowers, flags and wreaths.
Other traditions include raising the flag of the United States quickly to the top of the poles, slowly lowering it to half-mast, then raising it again to full height at noon.
Lowering the flag to half-staff is intended to honor fallen soldiers who have died for their country over the years.
While the raising of the flag symbolizes the determination of the living to continue the fight for freedom, so that the nation's heroes have not died in vain.
On this special day, patriot parades are also held in thousands of cities across the country.
During the day, we can also follow the live broadcast of the traditional Memorial Day concert that takes place on the west lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington DC.
5 Key Facts To Know!
1. Holiday Name(s): Memorial Day, Decoration Day.
2. Holiday Type: Federal Holiday, Public Holiday.
3. When is the Holiday: Last Monday in May every year.
4. Symbol of this Holiday: Red Poppy Flowers (bloomed over the dead on the battlefields).
5. Who are the Honorees This Holiday: More than 2.7 million military personnel (men and women) who died defending the country and the freedom of people like you.
Why Did The Red Poppy Become The Symbol Of Memorial Day?
On European battlefields devastated by the Great War, the common red poppy was one of the first plants to reappear.
Its seeds spread in the wind and lay dormant in the soil, germinating only when the soil was disturbed and under the graves of soldiers killed in the brutal fighting of World War I.
See the sea of Red Poppies on one of the former WWI battlefields in Somme Valley Picard, France:
During the WWI, a Canadian military doctor saw poppies scattered across the battlefield around his artillery position in Belgium.
This remarkable experience inspired him to write that famous poem “In Flanders Fields” in 1915.
Since then, poppy flowers have been associated with those who sacrificed their lives on the battlefields and could not return home.
Memorial Day 2026 Date
Why Does the Date of Memorial Day Change Every Year?
This happens due to the fact that Memorial Day is not a fixed date and the official date of its celebration tends to vary each year.
In the United States, Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday in May and the exact date varies slightly each year.
Memorial Day weekend day tends to mark the unofficial start of summer for many Americans and in the year 2026 it will take place between May 27th (Saturday) and May 25th (Monday).
Rest assured and avoid wasting time doing tedious calculations, you can easily find the past and future dates of this holiday in the following table:
|Memorial Day Dates|
|2021 Memorial Day||Monday, May 31st, 2021|
|2022 Memorial Day||Monday, May 30, 2022|
|2023 Memorial Day||Monday, May 29, 2023|
|2024 Memorial Day||Monday, May 27, 2024|
|2025 Memorial Day||Monday, May 26, 2025|
|2026 Memorial Day||Monday, May 25, 2026|
|2027 Memorial Day||Monday, May 31, 2027|
In 2026, the commemoration of this festive day will be observed exactly on the week 22, on Monday, May 25th (this date is the 145th day of the year).
Memorial Day has been recognized as a federal holiday by the United States government since 1971.
In 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed and mandated that federal employees be given a day off on this federal holiday.
During the holiday, government offices, organizations, schools, banks, shops, restaurants and most businesses remain closed.
Public transport systems do not operate on their regular schedules, we recommend that you check the new timetables with local authorities before traveling this holiday.
Where large public celebrations have been held, traffic may be stopped by the clearing operation.
Lady Kronos Tips: access the online countdown in our Time Calculator app and easily follow how many days until Memorial Day in real time.
Restaurants Open on Memorial Day 2026
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Celebrating Memorial Day 2026
Whether you celebrate this festive day with family, friends or quietly at home, we recommend that you slow down a bit and take some time to reflect deeply.
Try to remember only the good times of past celebrations and how much they mean to you and the people you love (even when some important people are gone and missed forever).
It's never too late to go back to celebrating days like this with those who care about you, understand that life is a breath and it goes by too fast.
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