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How to Celebrate Memorial Day

Celebrate Memorial Day

 

Nothing seems to welcome in summer vacation quite like Memorial Day. Make this year a special one and celebrate with friends and family with these ideas from College Chevrolet Buick.

 

 

Memorial Day Parades

Search your local newspaper for information on your area’s Memorial Day Parades. These community gatherings offer a chance to meet with friends in the morning. Plus, there’s nothing like starting your day off with some live music and colorful floats.

Decorate with Flags

One Memorial Day tradition is to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flags. Decorate your own house with flags, or have a craft day with the kids to make your own American flags, as a way to honor these soldiers.

National Moment of Remembrance

Memorial Day may be a great opportunity to spend a day off with loved ones, but it’s also good to remember why it was created in the first place—to honor our fallen soldiers. One way to connect with the reason behind Memorial Day is to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. Congress established this moment at 3 pm each Memorial Day as a way to create national unity for one minute every year. Take that minute of silence out of your day this year to thank our fallen soldiers and show gratitude for your freedom, family, and friends.

Holiday Travel Tips to Reduce Stress

Holiday Travel TipsHolidays are stressful to begin with, and travelling tends to exacerbate the situation. That’s why we’ve put together a list of holiday travel tips, specifically those that’ll help you stay relaxed on your trip. Whether you fly, drive, or take a train or bus, there’s tips any traveler can appreciate.

To being with, ignore your instincts and pack light. According to The New York Times, you should avoid packing your vehicle to the brim if possible. If flying, ship your gifts in advance—don’t let them be ripped open by TSA agents.  “I’ve seen instances when TSAs had to rip open beautifully wrapped gifts, which is not a fun way to start off a holiday,” David Solomito, the vice president of marketing at the travel search engine Kayak, has said.

Solomito also notes that the best day to travel is—believe it or not—the actual holiday itself. You’re statistically likely to find fewer crowds, less traffic, and better airfare on Christmas Day, than, say, a day or two before. If you can avoid flying or driving home before the actual holiday, you could have a much more enjoyable trip.

Finally, take the direct route. For drivers, this is more obvious. However, if you choose to fly, you might consider spending a little extra for fewer layovers. Connections will drastically increase stress, especially because holiday flights are prone to delays and overbooking. Unless you save hundreds of dollars, it might be worth it to take the shortest route.

A Brief History of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day from College Chevrolet Buick!

Celebrated every year on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is known nowadays as the end of summer and the three-day weekend made for grill-outs. Some people may know that Labor Day was originally created to honor the contributions of workers, but many don’t know the in-depth history of Labor Day and its origins in the Industrial Revolution. In that era of our nation’s history, many people worked long hours in unregulated, hazardous conditions for very little pay.

Labor Day was first proposed during a time when many workers were going on strike for unfair wages and wanted to be recognized for their value and efforts. The idea was first proposed by one of two men, though people disagree on which one it truly was—either Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew McGuire of the Central Labor Union. Either way, the proposal was made and adopted in 1882, the year the very first Labor Day parade was held in New York City.

The holiday had difficulty working its way up to a national level. Originally, the idea of a “workingmens’ holiday” was honored in some state governments, but it wasn’t until 1892 that Congress solidified the history of Labor Day as a turning point in American history and uplifted it to the level of a national holiday.

5 Favorite, Festive Christmas Specials on TV

Christmas ShowsWith Christmas fast approaching, there are sure to be a ton of Christmas specials on TV. These animated classics are the perfect thing to watch with the entire family. Be sure to tune into these five festive Christmas specials on TV when they air.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’ seasonal tale about a grouchy creature who hates Christmas is brought to life through this animated classic.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang search for the true meaning of Christmas in this animated classic.

Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer

Rudolph, who is at first made fun of for his glowing red nose, ends up saving Christmas during this classic Christmas special that celebrates what makes us different.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

If your children have ever wondered where Santa Clause came from, this animated special recounts the origins of the jolly old man.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus may be the stars of this special, but everyone remembers how the Heat Miser and Snow Miser really steal the show. They’re too much!