The unofficial start to the summer kicks off in just over a week, and it looks like the 2015 Memorial Day holiday weekend will be the busiest we’ve seen in nearly a decade. The folks over at AAA estimate that 37.2 million Americans will hit the open road or board planes over the holiday weekend, an increase of more than 2 million travelers from last year. The auto club says the increase in vacationers is likely due to the lower fuel prices much of the U.S. has experienced over the past several months. [The Plain Dealer]
Consumers have their cars gassed up and their plane tickets purchased for the unofficial start to summer that is just a week away. And the number of people partaking in welcoming summer by traveling is the highest it’s been in more than a decade. [More]
A scheduling snafu at a North Carolina Walmart led to the police being called to ask a group of veterans to leave the store on Sunday. [More]
If you’re easily offended by misrepresentations and abuses of the American flag, retailers will funnel plenty of hate fuel your way — crotch flag underwear, anyone? xAaronx took issue with this shirt he spotted at Walmart, which has a picture of a flag with the stars in the wrong corner. Not the most patriotic thing to discover on a Memorial Day, when xAaronx wrote us. [More]
The State of New York would rather you not burn it down today if you strike up the grill today, and although it probably doesn’t care whether or not non-residents torch their own states — after all, it’s all just flyover territory to them — feel free to use its tips from the New York Department of Health wherever you might reside. [More]
It’s Memorial Day weekend, the weather is looking nice, and people are leaving work early to hit the pool, fire up the grill, play golf, or enjoy our national pastime. We’re doing none of those things, so we thought we’d ruin it for everyone else.
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Happy Memorial Day, everyone! John Brownlee here. After a 7 hour flight from Dublin to Boston magically transmogrified into a 19 hour ordeal, I’m finally in Boston for a couple weeks. Say, when did they change that Doritos package, anyway? I don’t approve. There’s a Memorial Day Parade going on outside my window. Immediate observation: Malden High School lets fat girls be cheerleaders now. A good move. Those cheerleader pyramids need a firm base.