While the official reason for Memorial Day is to commemorate the fallen soldiers who have fought for the country, the unofficial reasons dominate small talk discussions among many during this time of the year.
When is Memorial Day in 2019?
In 2021, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 31 – the last day of the month.
Unlike other holidays, Memorial Day doesn’t fall on the same date every year. It falls on the same day every year, the last Monday of May. (See the end of the post for future dates.)
How Many Days Do People Take Off?
While the last Monday of May is the official “day off,” many who work in offices and salaried positions may also take off the preceding Friday to make it a ‘long weekend.’ This idea of making holidays into a ‘long weekend’ happens for Labor Day as well.
Note that Memorial Day is a Federal holiday. Banks, post offices, schools and government offices are closed. Stores, gas stations, restaurants and other related businesses are often open. People working in such jobs on Memorial Day may get paid extra for working on this day.
What Do People Do On Memorial Day?
This day for many more is the exciting day that unofficially starts the summer activity and holiday season. For this reason some of the most popular activities of labor day include outdoor activities:
For those who do commemorate the fallen soldiers, they may do any of the following:
What is celebrated on Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Veterans Day (November 11 every year) is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service.
To commemorate service men and women, communities may have parades and patriotic events. Families and friends of fallen service people may visit grave sites, placing flowers and flags to honor their family members. In some parts of the U.S., communities will re-enact battle scenes from American wars.
Small Talk for Memorial Day
With any small talk topics, we need to remember to keep the conversation pinpointed to the person you are talking to and not bring their family or friends into the discussion. The two exceptions to this are if they bring it up or you have known them for a long time and already know about their family and friends.
That out of the way, typical questions you could ask to your colleague include:
Other topics people may talk about include:
When is the Best Time to Talk About These Topics?
Plan this conversation for the last call during the week before the Memorial Day holiday. Make it at the latest the Thursday before the Friday before the holiday weekend. Using these questions and conversation to end the call will leave the call on a good note for both sides!!
Memorial Day Dates 2021-2030
2021: May 31, 2021
2022: May 30, 2022
2023: May 29, 2023
2024: May 27, 2024
2025: May 26, 2025
2026: May 25, 2026
2027: May 31, 2027
2028: May 29, 2028
2029: May 28, 2029
2030: May 17, 2030
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