Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is almost here. It’s a great time to get out the grill, invite friends and family over, and pay tribute to the men and women who’ve served our country. But it’s also a great time to take a trip. Chances are the weather will be about perfect…the chill of winter gone, but the dead heat of summer still around the bend. You can grab the map or open your GPS app, get behind the wheel and fight traffic, but there’s a better way to enjoy some time off with friends and family over the Memorial Day weekend—in a charter bus from BusRental.com. We’ll handle all the details, so that you can have a real vacation.
The History of Memorial Day
Contrary to popular belief, Memorial Day hasn’t been with us since the birth of our nation. Instead, it began shortly after the American Civil War, in 1866, as a holiday to place wreaths on the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers. The idea for the commemoration came from the Ladies Memorial Association in Columbus, Georgia, whose members wrote letters to nearly 30 newspapers across the recently united country, asking that people set aside April 26 as the date of commemoration. In a strange twist of fate and history, the town of Columbus, Mississippi actually celebrated the first Memorial Day on April 25, as the date had been incorrectly published in that town’s newspaper. A number of cities in the northern United States waited until May to celebrate the new holiday, as they needed more time to allow flowers to bloom.
In 1868, the observances in the South were renamed Confederate Memorial Day, after General John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed that May 30 would be “Decoration Day,” to be celebrated both annually and nationally. The state of Michigan first declared Decoration Day a state holiday in 1871 and all other northern states adopted similar holidays within 20 years. Though the preferred name changed to Memorial Day in 1882, it was not the official name for the holiday until 1967, when Congress changed it to always fall on the last Monday in May.
Popular Memorial Day Celebrations
One of the most common events on Memorial Day is a parade. There are literally thousands of them across the United States, with the city of Doylestown, Pennsylvania laying claim to the first Memorial Day parade in 1867. Ironton, Ohio, though, has had a parade every year since 1868. The parades typically include local veterans’ organizations, National Guard and other servicemen.
Since 1989, the National Symphony Orchestra has performed a concert on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC. More than 500,000 attend the performance every year.
There are also a number of high-profile sporting events that typically take place on Memorial Day Weekend:
- The Indy 500, one of the largest spectator events on the North American continent, has been run on the Sunday before Memorial Day every year since 1911
- A companion NASCAR race, the Coca-Cola 600 is held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on the same day as the Indianapolis 500
- The Memorial, a tour event for the Professional Golfers’ Association, was founded in Dublin, Ohio by legend Jack Nicklaus in 1976 and is played at the famous Muirfield Village Golf Club north of Columbus
Start Your Summer Off in Style with a Charter Bus Rental from BusRental.com
Kick back and kick off your summer like the pros do—in the comfort and luxury of a charter bus. Don’t turn the holiday into more work—let one of our professional drivers handle all the details while you enjoy time with friends and family. There are many great reasons to make a charter bus your preferred mode of travel:
- A charter bus is safe and secure—Our drivers undergo a rigorous training program to ensure your safety. The limited access to our coaches also helps keep you and your personal items secure.
- A charter bus offers reliability—There’s no such thing as a cancellation or delay with a charter bus. We’ll always get you where you want to go, when you want to be there.
- A charter bus lets you customize your trip—You won’t have to choose from a limited number of itineraries—you decide where you want to go and when you want to be there.
- A charter bus is reasonably priced—Our rates are far more affordable than other modes of ground transportation and you don’t have to worry about gas or parking expenses. With the money you save, you can have more fun on your ski trip.
- There’s a charter bus perfectly designed to meet your needs—Whether it’s just a few friends or a crowd, we have the diverse fleet to meet your needs.
Cruise into Summer—Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend on a Charter Bus Trip
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