More Americans now rank Memorial Day among the nation’s most important holidays, and nearly half will do something special to celebrate and honor those who have given their life for our country.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 39% of American adults consider Memorial Day one of the country’s most important holidays, up from 31% a year ago. Just four percent (4%) think it is one of the least important holidays, while most (52%) see it as somewhere in between.
Forty-five percent (45%) of adults plan to do something special to celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have died for the country. Thirty-five percent (35%) do not, but 20% are not sure.
One-in-five (21%) plan to attend a memorial service. Sixty-six percent (66%) do not, but 12% are not sure.
A sizable majority (76%) of Americans continues to have a favorable opinion of the U.S. military. Seventeen percent (17%) have served in the armed services, and 35% have close friends or relatives who gave their life while in uniform.
Most Americans (64%) also consider Memorial Day the unofficial start of summer. One-in-four will go to a parade, and half plan to have a cookout with friends and family.
Those who have served in the military and those who have lost friends or family in the military are more likely than those who have not to do something special to celebrate Memorial Day. They are also more likely to attend a memorial service today.
Men and adults over 40 are more likely than women and younger adults to have lost a friend or relative in the military. Adults over 40 are more likely to do something special today to honor those who gave their lives.
Fifty-four percent (54%) of military veterans consider Memorial Day one of the most important holidays, compared to 37% of non-veterans.