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5 Facts You Might Not Know About Memorial Day

It’s no secret that here at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we’re crazy about fireworks. And, while we love providing all you firework fanatics with the hottest firework facts, we thought we’d change things up this week in honor of the holiday.



That’s why we’re here with 5 facts you might not know about memorial day. Drop us a comment at the end and let us know if any of this is new to you or if we’ve missed any interesting facts!


1. Women Unofficially Started Memorial Day

The local Ladies Memorial Associations in Columbus, Georgia announced in 1886 that they would remember fallen soldiers each year by decorating graves. Before the Civil War had come to an end, this unofficial act of remembrance is what would eventually become what we know today as Memorial Day.


2. Decoration Day Was the Original Name of the Holiday

The first official Decoration Day was celebrated on May 30, 1868. At Arlington National Cemetery, future president James A. Garfield gave a remembrance speech to an audience of thousands. Decoration Day wouldn’t become known as Memorial Day until 1971.



3. In 1971 Memorial Day Became a Federal Holiday

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed by Congress in 1968, which stated that Memorial Day would be observed on the last Monday of every May. Although federal employees were given the day off of work to celebrate the holiday, it didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1971.


4. 3:00 PM Marks the National Moment of Remembrance

In 200, President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act. This act asked the people of the country each Memorial Day to observe a moment of remembrance at 3:00 pm local time.



5. Flags Should be Flown Half-Mast Until Noon

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in honor of fallen soldiers on behalf of Memorial Day, flags should be flown at half-mast from sunrise until noon.



Let’s Spark Something!

If you’re looking to celebrate this Memorial Day holiday or stock up for the 4th of July, it’s time to start getting ready for your very own fireworks show. Thankfully, at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we can help provide you with endless firework options.


Whether you’re looking for a private show or wholesale purchases for a firework business of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks is the largest independent fireworks business in Kentucky. Contact us today by calling 606-367-5569.

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