From Bill Staton’s E-Money Digest
Memorial Day wasn’t always on a Monday. Inaugurated shortly after the Civil War as Decoration Day, it was observed in most states on May 30. In the 1950s NATO began militating for Memorial Day and a host of other holidays including Fourth of July to be moved to Monday. That’s not the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Rather, it was the other NATO, the National Association of Travel Organizations, a lobbying group formed for the purpose of having as many three-day weekends as possible.