Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting grave sites, cemeteries and memorials and placing flowers, flags and other tributes in honor of deceased loved ones. Other activities centered around the holiday include participating in or watching Memorial Day parades and going to family picnics and other gatherings.
U.S. Federal holidays that are always on a Monday include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Many federal offices close, allowing for a three-day weekend to celebrate the holiday. Outside of the federal government, the choice to observe any federal holiday is left up to individual states and private companies.
Memorial Day is specifically for remembering those who have fallen in battle in service of the United States. Veterans Day honors all Americans who have served in the military, both living and deceased.