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In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday in the USA, and was given the floating date of the “last Monday in May” to create a 3-day long weekend. While non-essential government offices and banks are closed on Memorial Day, most commercial and tourism-related venues are open, as Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff for the summer vacation season. MOST public beaches, state and national parks, sports venues, restaurants, amusement parks, dockside cafes, boardwalks, and public marinas are all open.
For many boaters, especially those folks in #NewEngland, #MemorialDay weekend is also the first opportunity to enjoy warmer weather at sea. Many of the private yacht charter vessels we represent arrive in Newport, Rhode Island by late May to accept 3-night bookings over the Memorial day weekend.
It’s amazing how much boating activity you can pack into a long weekend in New England. Arriving at noon in Newport, you can be underway for a short cruise to Martha’s Vineyard and arrive in time for sunset and cocktails on your superyacht’s sundeck. On Saturday, you can spend the day exploring the island, as well as some time swimming and enjoying your yacht’s water toys (waverunners, stand-up paddleboards, sup’s, glass bottomed kayaks, wakeboards, jet skis, etc.).
[Special note: MANY New England crewed yacht charter vessels have installed projection screens on deck so guests can enjoy an open-air movie night under the stars!]
A short cruise to Nantucket island early Sunday morning will give you most of the day to explore this famous island. Explore the lighthouses, rent a scooter and circle the island, or visit the whaling museum or the #Nantucket #Vineyard and Distillery – there’s too much to do!
Leave Monday for your return to Newport and enjoying all this beautiful seaside town has to offer. Shopping is superb in Newport – from jewelry to art to anything with a #nautical theme. Most of the shops are open on Memorial Day.
For active charterers, we suggest walking or riding a bike along the 3-mile Cliff Walk, which separates Newport’s famous turn-of-the-century mansions from the sea. Many of the mansions are also open for public tours, including the #Breakers, the #Elms, and #Rosecliff. These are not to be missed!
Whatever plans you have for Memorial Day weekend, remember to spend a few moments to be grateful to and remember those who bravely gave their lives in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. #gratitude