5 Fun Facts for Memorial Day
Memorial Day, originally designed a day for somber reflection, now also marks the beginning of summer. Here are some facts about the holiday, including what Americans have spent over Memorial Day weekend:
#1Poppies for the Fallen
The tradition of wearing and decorating the graves of dead soldiers with red poppies comes from the poem, “In Flanders Fields,“ published by John McCrae in 1915. McCrae served in World War I.1
#2It Wasn’t Always Called Memorial Day...
Originally called Decoration Day, the first observance of the holiday was on Saturday, May 30th, 1868. It wasn’t until after World War I that the label “Memorial Day” became more popular. 2
Memorial Day kicks off a hot dog eating frenzy in the U.S. During the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2016, 818 hot dogs were consumed every second. That’s seven billion hot dogs, worth $2.4 billion. 3
#4The Rolls Royce of Grills
Want to grill on the best of the best? Cook your hamburgers and hot dogs on the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet K750HS. Warning: this grill will cost you upwards of $21,000. Talk about cooking in style! 4
#5An Economic Boost
Traffic at retail stores increases about 75% during Memorial Day weekend, as stores offer great buys on everything from cleaning supplies to furniture. And about 35 million people travel. 5
How do you spend Memorial Day? Do you have anyone you’re remembering?
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2017
- History.com, 2017
- National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, 2017
- KalamazooGourmet.com, 2017
- Statistic Brain, April 7, 2017
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