Interesting Facts About Memorial Day! (page 5)

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The date wasn’t changed to “the last Monday of May” until 1968, when the Federal Government passed the Uniform Holidays Bill. The law came into effect in 1971. The date was changed along with Veterans Day, as well as the celebration of President Washington’s birthday, in order to create several three-day weekends.

The changing of the date remains a controversy to this very day as some believe it undermined the importance of the day, and encouraged the modern observance of the holiday as a day of leisure.

2011-12 Three Day Weekends:

  • Monday, May 30, 2011 – Memorial Day
  • Monday, July 4, 2011 – Independence Day
  • Monday, September 5, 2011 – Labor Day
  • Monday, October 10, 2011 – Columbus Day
  • Friday, November 11, 2011 – Veterans Day
  • Monday, December 26, 2011 – ‘Christmas Day’ observed
  • Monday, January 2, 2012 – New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 16, 2012 – Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, February 20, 2012 – Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, May 28, 2012 – Memorial Day
  • Monday, September 3, 2012 – Labor Day
  • Monday, October 8, 2012 – Columbus Day
  • Monday, November 12, 2012 – ‘Veterans Day’ observed
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