Memorial Day 2019

Honoring the sacrifices of those who served
Today is Memorial Day (CCToday file photo by by Maggie Kulbokas)

Today is Memorial Day.  

Memorial Day began following the Civil War as Decoration Day. After World War I, the annual spring day of remembrance became known as Memorial Day and grew to honor not only Civil War soldiers, but Americans who have served in all wars and branches of the military. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by Congress in 1971.

As a national or federal holiday, many folks (but not everybody!) have the day off.  Many spend the day celebrating with family and friends in what has become the unofficial start of summer--something we Cape Codders can attest to just by looking at our roadways!

As with all federal holidays, municipal services are unavailable/closed including town, state and federal offices, the US Post Office too. Kids have the day off and most stores (with the exception of package stores) and attractions are open.

If you are planning on visiting a Cape Cod attraction/museum, call ahead, schedules vary. The Cape Cod National Seashore and all its beaches (watch out for sharks!) are open as are town beaches, many of which don't require a parking fee or sticker yet. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on