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Written By Carrabba’s Italian Grill, multiple clients | Published on May 28, 2021

Memorial Day, which commemorates military personnel who died in service, is considered the unofficial start to summer. It’s also a popular day for a cookout and a big sales day.

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Walmart Inc. blew past Wall Street projections, reporting on May 18 that strong sales results for the fiscal first quarter as shoppers continued to keep shopping at the discounter even as the pandemic eases.

Consumers wanting to take advantage of the long weekend will find plenty of options for shopping and grabbing a bite Monday.

Unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas, most major retailers and grocery stores will be open on the federal holiday although some will operate with shorter hours. The stock market is closed Monday as are most pharmacies.

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National restaurant chains, including Starbucks, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ and Chili’s, are open and on-demand services including Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats and DoorDash will deliver orders Monday for participating local and national restaurants.

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There’s one supersized exception to stores that are open Monday. All Costco Wholesale clubs are closed Monday like they are for other holidays, including Easter, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

According to a recent survey by Numerator, a data and tech company, 44% of consumers expect to return to normal holiday celebrations by Memorial Day. By the Fourth of July, that number rises to 59%, the survey found.

To kick off the Memorial Day weekend, Ace Hardware is giving away 1 million American flags on Saturday while supplies last. The first 240 customers at each participating Ace will receive a free flag and a second flag will be donated to a local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post to be used for marking and honoring veterans’ graves this Memorial Day.

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