Early Memorial Day weekend impacting travel

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who died serving in the armed forces.

But Memorial Day weekend is often considered the “unofficial start to summer” and a big travel weekend.

AAA projects a 7 percent increase in travel for Massachusetts residents, and that nationwide this will be the most travelled Memorial Day since the year 2000.

The holiday falls on the last Monday of May, and this year, at May 26th, it’s almost as early as it can be.

The latest possible day you can have Memorial Day is May 31st and the earliest is May 25th. With it being on the earlier side this year, AAA Pioneer Valley told 22News that could be motivating more people to get out of town.

“Sometimes if it’s too early and the weather isn’t warm enough you may be more apt to go away because you’re not going to enjoy it as much at home. you’re not going to necessarily have your cookouts and your parties,” said Sandra Marsian from AAA Pioneer Valley.

Manfred Porth is planning his usual camping trip to Salisbury, but making some adjustments because it’s earlier this year.

“The only thing is with planting and everything like that, because that week will mess you up. Because I like to plant my garden before I leave, but I can’t do it this year,” said Porth from Easthampton.

AAA expects more people to take trains, cruises and buses this Memorial Day weekend.

The OFFICIAL start to summer isn’t until June 21st.

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