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Was May 31 1956 a Memorial Day holiday?

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October 22, 2012 6:14AM

No. From 1868 through 1970 (103 times) Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) was observed on May 30th. In 1971 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect moving Memorial Day and several other holidays from their traditional dates to a Monday thus giving federal workers several three-day weekends during the year. May 31, 1971 actually was a Monday so that was the first time Memorial Day was officially on a May 31st.