Memorial Day is observed by millions of Americans every year in remembrance of military service personnel who have died while serving the United States. The federal holiday is always held on the last Monday in May and this year it falls on May 28. Schools, libraries and many government offices will be shut, with the majority of Americans getting a day off work. Memorial Day has also become known as the unofficial start of the US summer season.
Family and friends will often gather together to catch up with one another as well as making tributes.
A visit to the shops will be essential for many people keen to stock up on summer supplies and household essentials.
Target will be open over the Memorial Day weekend and it is currently promoting a 30 percent sale on certain items.
What time is Target opening on Memorial Day 2019?
Target will be open on Memorial Day but opening times will vary depending by store location and size.
General store opening times are between 8am and 10pm but check before you leave home by using the Target store postcode finder.
What other stores are open on Memorial Day?
Bed Bath & Beyond: Most stores are open from 10am to 9.30pm
– CVS: Stores are open 24 hours. Call ahead for pharmacy schedule.
– Kroger: Stores are open from 6am to 1am
– Trader Joe’s: Stores are open from 8am to 9pm
Costco Wholesale and Tijuana Flats are closed for Memorial Day.
What is Memorial Day about?
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and was established three years after the end of the Civil War on May 5, 1868.
Columbus, Mississippi, lays claim to the first observation in 1866 when women decorated the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers who died at Shiloh.
Cities in the North and South of the US both say they are the birthplace of celebrations.
Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971.
The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed by Congress in 2000 asking people to stop and pay their respects at 3pm local time.
Today the nation comes together at this time to remember and reflect, with American flags often laid on gravestones.