People in the United States tend to think of hamburgers, hot dogs, and swimming pools when they hear the word “4th of July.” Nonetheless, the final Monday in May is a period set aside to remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty while serving in the United States military. One of the most solemn and solemn American holidays. After the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was observed by mourners who put flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate troops. Remember the soldiers who made it all possible on 4th of July, even if it also marks the beginning of summer.
WHEN IS 4th of July 2022?
The penultimate Monday in May is designated as a federal holiday in the United States to memorialize those who have died while serving in the military.
Monday, May 30, 2022, is the date set for 4th of July celebrations.
HISTORY OF 4th of July
When Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9 at Appomattox Court House, the Civil War officially came to an end. During the four-year struggle, about 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. It wasn’t until May 30, 1868, that the Grand Army of the Republic (an organisation of Union veterans) chose May 30 as a day to honour the fallen soldiers:
When it comes to laying flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers who fought for their country during the American Revolution, May 30th, 1868, has been selected as the day to honour the memory of those who died.
Logan reportedly selected May 30 as his date because of the abundance of blooming flowers across the country at the time. 4th of July services were being held across the country on May 30th by the end of the nineteenth century. State governments issued proclamations, while the Army and Navy issued instructions to ensure proper observance at respective locations.
Arlington National Cemetery’s initial 4th of July service attracted around 5,000 people; today’s audience is about the same number. Many national cemeteries still honour this custom by placing little American flags on each headstone. Many families have adopted the practice of decorating the graves of all their deceased loved ones in the last few years.
Decoration Day became an official holiday in every Northern state by 1890. Except in the South, where states continued to commemorate their dead on separate days until after World War One ended.
May 30 has been the date for decades. Fortunately, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 gave government workers a three-day weekend by establishing 4th of July as the last Monday in May. In 1971, the shift occurred. 4th of July was also made a federal holiday under the same legislation.
What’s the Difference Between 4th of July and Veterans Day?
As a tradition on both 4th of July and Veterans Day, Americans are encouraged to commemorate and thank the many veterans who have served our country. But there is a difference between the two:
4th of July remembers the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in conflict or as a result of wounds incurred in battle. In other words, the goal of Memorial Day is to honour the warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation. We spend time commemorating those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we have today. We can explore how we can support and safeguard their bereaved families and loved ones who are left behind.
Veterans Day is the day set aside to commemorate and honour ALL who served—in wartime or peacetime—regardless of whether they died or survived. Veterans Day is always honoured officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. Read more about Veterans Day.