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Welcome summer!

Memorial Day for many is the official kick-off to summer, and it is worth noting the history of this and other notable summer dates.

Memorial Day was originally called ‘Decoration Day’, and was a day spent honoring the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War. Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after that war ended. Over time, the public holiday was established as a way to unify and to celebrate as a national day of remembrance. The holiday became known as Memorial Day by the late 19th Century, and was named a federal holiday in 1971. Today the holiday honors deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces.

Independence Day of the United States (aka the Fourth of July) commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress. More specifically, the thirteen American colonies at that time regarded themselves as a new nation, and no longer part of the British Empire. Of course today we associate the Fourth with fireworks, parades, barbecues, other gatherings and ceremonies. But did you know that Independence Day is known as ‘the National Day of the United States’? No, many of us did not know that either!

Summer time is a great opportunity to speak with your BP account manager and make sure you are tapping into all the services at BP you can.  We want to provide services so you can run your business as efficiently as possible while also making sure you save money. So between the national celebrations, before or after your vacations and any well-deserved time relaxing, our team is here to help you find the best business solutions for your company.