Memorial Day 2024

Updated: January 3, 2024
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    Memorial Day was celebrated this year on Monday, May 27, 2024. It is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May and commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.

    Pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who died during military service by observing a national moment of remembrance with a minute of silence at 3:00 PM local time.

    Discover the National Military Appreciation Month military discounts available all month long!

    2024 Memorial Day Discounts for Military

    Academy Sports + Outdoors Military Appreciation Month Deal

    Academy Sports + Outdoors is showing its gratitude to active service members, veterans, and first responders by offering a seasonal military discount. From April 28, 2024, to July 6, 2024, military personnel and first responders can enjoy a 10% discount on their entire purchase, either online or in-store.

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    Bass Pro Shops Memorial Day Sale

    Bass Pro Shops, known for quality outdoor sporting goods, is offering a Legendary Salute military discount. Until May 31st, veterans get an extra 5% off during the Go Outdoors sale, even on already reduced items. Come enjoy the savings on fishing, hunting, and boating equipment.

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    BigMouth Inc. Memorial Day Deal

    BigMouth Inc. offers up to 70% off outdoor essentials in its Memorial Day 2024 Sale. The event caters to beach lovers, pool enthusiasts, and backyard adventurers, providing great savings for summer activities.

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    Camp Chef Memorial Day Sale

    Camp Chef, a Utah-based outdoor cooking product company, is offering up to $200 off on select Woodwind Grills during their Memorial Day Sale. The company also provides a military discount to all active and retired military personnel. To claim this discount, military members can contact Camp Chef's customer service team at (800) 650-2433.

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    Casper Memorial Day Deal

    Casper's Memorial Day Sale features a significant 30% discount on all mattresses, marking the biggest sale of the year for the brand.

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    Coleman Memorial Day Sale

    Veterans can save up to 30% on Coleman's outdoor gear during the Memorial Day Sale. This discount applies to a variety of items including tents, coolers, grills, and lighting. The eligibility and timeframe for this offer are not specified.

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    Columbia Sportswear Memorial Day Military Discount

    This Memorial Day, Columbia Sportswear is honoring military personnel and first responders by increasing their year-round discount to 20% off from May 16th through May 27th.

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    DreamCloud Memorial Day Discount

    New customers can enjoy incredible savings of up to 50% on premium mattresses at DreamCloud.

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    Home Depot Memorial Day Discount

    This Memorial Day, Home Depot honors our heroes with unbeatable deals for homeowners, DIY enthusiasts, and bargain hunters alike. From May 16th to May 27th, 2024, discover discounts on everything from appliances to outdoor furniture.

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    Lowe's Memorial Day Deal

    As part of Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day, Lowe's is offering several benefits to the military community. They provide a 10% Everyday Military Discount on most full-price items with no annual limit and free Silver Key status in the MyLowe’s Rewards program for verified military members, veterans, and their spouses. Silver Key members enjoy additional perks such as 10% off eligible items every day, free standard shipping, and faster rewards accumulation.

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    Mattress Firm Memorial Day Deal

    Mattress Firm is hosting its Memorial Day Sale with up to 50% off on a wide range of products including mattresses, adjustable bases, and bedding.

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    Silverwood Theme Park Memorial Day Deal

    Silverwood Theme Park is honoring military personnel, veterans, police officers, firefighters, and EMS workers with free admission on May 25, 26, and 27, 2024. Immediate family members (spouse and children) also benefit from a discounted rate on tickets purchased at the front gate. For more details, contact Silverwood Theme Park at (208) 683-3400.

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    Under Armour Memorial Day Discount

    Under Armour, the Baltimore-based sports apparel company, is offering its military discount this Memorial Day weekend. Veterans, active duty service members, retirees, military spouses, and military family members can enjoy up to 50% off on all outlet/discounted items, with an additional 30% off using the code EXTRA30 at checkout. For regular-priced items, the company also extends a 20% discount; however, this cannot be used with other promo codes or on gift card purchases.

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    Walgreens Memorial Day Deal

    From May 24 to May 27, veterans, military members, and their families can enjoy a 20% discount on eligible regular-price items at Walgreens or Duane Reade stores. To take advantage of this offer, shoppers need a myWalgreens™ membership and proof of service. Restrictions apply.

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    Memorial Day History

    Memorial Day began after the Civil War with both formal and informal ceremonies at graves and ceremonies for the soldiers who had fallen in battle. Many places claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866, including Waterloo, New York, and Macon and Columbus, Georgia. On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union veterans organization, established Decoration Day, May 30, as a time for the nation to decorate the dead with flowers. Arlington National Cemetery held the first large observance later that year.

    By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were held throughout the country on May 30. The Army and Navy adopted policies for proper observances, and state legislatures passed proclamations designating the day. After World War I, the day was expanded to honor those who died in all American wars, and in 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.


    Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day

    What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

    Memorial Day is meant for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of a wound sustained in battle.

    Veterans Day is intended to thank all those who have honorably served in the military – in wartime or peacetime.


    Memorial Day Facts

    • Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day.
    • The birthplace of Memorial Day is a debated topic. Cities such as Warrington, Virginia; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Savannah, Georgia; and Waterloo, New York, are some places believed to be its birthplace.
    • Memorial Day was originally celebrated May 30 until the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect in 1971 and it was moved to the final Monday in May.
    • 1971 is also when Memorial Day became an official holiday.
    • Originally, only soldiers who had died in the Civil War were honored.
    • The National Monument of Remembrance Act passed in 2000 requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3:00 pm on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who died while in service.
    • The Poem “Bivouac of the Dead” is often recited on Memorial Day and inscribed on iron tablets throughout many of the country’s national cemeteries, including the original entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. The poem was written by Theodore O’Hara to honor his fellow soldiers from Kentucky who died in the Mexican-American War. Bivouac (/ˈbivo͞oˌak/) is a temporary camp without tents or cover.


    National Moment of Remembrance

    Memorial Day Commemoration
    Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek Poole

    The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event when Americans pause for a minute of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. The 3 p.m. time was chosen because it is when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. It is intended to be a unifying act of remembrance for Americans of all ages. The National Moment of Remembrance Act became law in 2000.

    There are many ways to observe the National Moment of Remembrance, both formally and informally. The moment of silence can be observed more formally at places such as a veterans’ cemetery, park or picnic ground and can include playing “Taps,” the military bugle call that reflects on the glory of those who have shed blood for us. A bell can also be rung at the beginning and end of the one minute of remembrance. If you are driving and unable to stop, you can turn on your headlights for a minute.

    2024 Memorial Day Schedule of Major Events

    Virtual Memorial Day Events

    • Create a free remembrance page
      • Together We Served invites family members to remember their veterans’ military service on the roll of honor. Veterans can also create their own pages. There is no charge to remember an active-serving or veteran member of the Armed Forces, National Guard or reserves.
    • National Memorial Day Concert
    • New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony
    • Parade of Heroes
    • Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM)
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
      • The 2023 Memorial Day Ceremony, co-hosted by VVMF and the National Park Service, will be a live webcast at 1:00 p.m. EST on Monday, May 29. Spots for the in-person event must be reserved in advance.
    • Virtual National Relay
      • During Carry The Load’s Memorial May Campaign, volunteers will visit complete a 20,000-mile trek across 48 states while visiting 50 VA national cemeteries. The National Cemetery Association will post photos and videos from the cemetery visits on their Facebook and Twitter pages for those who can’t attend.
    • wear blue: Run to Remember
      • Commit to run or walk in honor of a fallen service member this Memorial Day. wear blue will email you the name of the fallen service member when you register. You can participate virtually or in-person.
      • World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.
      • The World War II Memorial will livestream its special Memorial Day observance at 9 a.m. EST. Registration is required for this free event.

    Check with your local veterans’ organizations, monuments, military bases and local governments for events. There are many virtual runs, ceremonies and observances being held locally throughout the U.S.

    Memorial Day Events

    Call ahead or check online for any in-person events due to current circumstances.

    • VA National Cemeteries
      • The non-profit Carry the Load and the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration are collaborating for “Memorial May.” During the month, volunteers will march 20,000 miles to visit 50 national cemeteries in 48 states. The NCA will share videos and photographs on its Facebook and Twitter pages.
      • Check with your local national cemetery. They may be hosting public events such as group placements of flags, wreath-laying and other Memorial Day events.
    • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
    • Air Force Memorial, Arlington, VA
      • Memorial Day events have not yet been announced. The Air Force Memorial is open to vehicles daily from 8 a.m.-to 8 p.m., but parking is limited due to construction. Pedestrians can access the memorial twenty-four hours a day.
    • Dallas Memorial March, Dallas, TX
      • This two-day event, from Sunday, May 28 at noon to Monday, May 29 at 1:30 p.m., features music, stories of fallen heroes, flag ceremonies and more.
      • Participate in the Storyboard Walk In Procession on Memorial Day.
    • Fleet Week, New York City
      • Fleet Week 2023 runs May 25-30, 2023
      • Planned events include public ship visitations, military demonstrations, receptions and more.
      • Parade of Ships marks the beginning of Fleet Week, Thursday, May 25 at 7 a.m.
      • Wreath laying, Memorial Day from 10 a.m.-noon.
    • Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, Gettysburg, PA
      • The 155th Memorial Day parade takes place on Memorial Day at 2 p.m., followed by the ceremony at the Gettysburg National Cemetery at 3 p.m.
    • National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Virginia
      • The Memorial will honor and remember those who gave their lives to the cause of freedom at 11 a.m. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to noon.
    • National Memorial Day Parade, Washington D.C.
      • Watch this year’s National Memorial Day Parade in-person or watch it on television, followed by a special program, “Our Sacred Honor: An American Salute.
    • National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Columbus, OH
    • Navy Memorial, Washington D.C.
      • This year’s Memorial Day events have not yet been announced. Traditional events include the Rolling to Remember (previously Rolling Thunder) Ceremony, First Reserve Association Ceremony and a wreath-laying ceremony.
    • President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington D.C.

    Memorial Day Activities and Events to Honor Those Who Died

    • Visit cemeteries and memorials.
    • Attend Memorial Day ceremonies.
    • Volunteer to place an American Flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
    • Observe a minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time.
    • Attend a Memorial Day parade, festival, fair or concert such as the National Memorial Day Concert, or watch it online.
    • Run for charity on Memorial Day weekend.
    • Volunteer to support events such as the National Memorial Day Parade.
    • Donate to veterans and military support groups.
    • Wear Blue.

    Memorial Day Quotes

    It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. ~ George S. Patton

    We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~ Francis Amasa Walker

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