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Day After Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to honor those that have served to protect and honor the United States.  The weekend also starts the busy season for moving companies and storage facilities. In fact, the day after Memorial Day has been dedicated as “National Moving Day” to signify the large number of people in the United States that move around Memorial Day weekend.   Some self storage operators have even dubbed the Tuesday after Memorial Day as “Crazy Tuesday”. While it is not quite the equivalent to retail’s Black Friday, it still starts a very busy time for self storage facilities. Some self storage facilities have record calls for information and rentals in the week following the summer holiday weekend.

The long holiday weekend kicks off the busy summer moving season. Since Memorial Day falls at the end of the month, it is prime time for moving in and out of apartments or new homes.  Once school is out, families start the moving process before school starts up again in the fall. This is also a key time for college students moving home for the summer or recent graduates moving to a new city. It’s also a time when a lot of remodeling projects begin and self storage is a perfect option to store your furniture and belongings during the remodel. 

 

Self Storage Rental Tips for Crazy Tuesday

All of these different storage needs lead up to a busy time for the self storage industry. Available storage units get rented much quicker in the summer months so make your self storage reservation now! Also, reserve your moving truck far enough in advance to make sure that you can move on the date that you want!  Moving trucks also rent very quickly during this time of year.

Make sure that you have the proper moving and packing supplies needed to protect your items during transport and storage. List the contents on the outside of the boxes and mark the boxes for the rooms that they will be put in. If you are moving the boxes to a storage unit, then write “Storage” on the boxes as well. Then, create a master inventory list of the boxes. This will help you determine where you put items if you cannot find them when un-packing in your new home. Planning, organization and booking storage units and moving trucks in advance are keys to making this busy moving season easier to handle.

ezStorage has 45 storage locations in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas that can help you with your self storage rental needs during the busy summer months. 

 

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Memorial Day, a day to honor those men and women who died while in military service to our country. The holiday was originally called Decoration Day a few years after the end of the Civil War and was celebrated every year on May 30th.  The day was declared an official Federal Monday holiday by Congress in 1971. There are many Memorial Day events in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas from festivals, concerts and parades to solemn ceremonies to honor those who have served from the American Revolution to current overseas conflicts.

Memorial Day Events in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is the epicenter of Memorial Day weekend activities. The events kick off on Sunday, May 24th with the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally  which departs the North Pentagon parking lot at noon and arrives at the West Potomac Park for special programs. Rolling Thunder Run is dedicated to keeping the memory of Vietnam War POW’s and veterans alive. Sunday May 24th is the National Memorial Day Concert sponsored by PBS. The concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra as well as television/film/stage performers is hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise takes place on the west lawn of the Capitol Building. The concert pays tribute to those that have served our country as well as to the sacrifices made by their families and loved ones.

The National Memorial Day Parade of Washington D.C. salutes military and fallen heroes from the American Revolution to conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The parade is held on Monday, May 25th starting at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW at 2pm and continues down Constitution Avenue past the White House to 17th Street. The parade will have marching bands and veterans units representing all 50 states, patriotic floats and helium balloons. The parade, sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee, is the largest Memorial Day event in the United States. Over 250,000 people line the streets of the parade to honor those who have sacrificed to secure America’s freedom.

Memorial Day in Washington D.C. is a great time to visit the many memorials along the National Mall. There will be special wreath laying programs and special events hosted by the National Park Service at the Navy Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial and the Air Force Memorial. Do not miss a visit to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. It is an awe-inspiring site to see the thousands of flags that are placed at the gravestones of our fallen heroes. There are over 250,000 flags placed by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) and other military and civic groups. There will also be a special wreath-laying event and concert at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier starting at 10:30am with a prelude by the U.S. Marine Band.

Memorial Day Events in Baltimore Area

There are many Memorial Day events as well. Rockville, Maryland hosts Hometown Holidays from May 23rd to May 25th at Rockville Town Center. There will be children’s rides, family activities, multiple stages for entertainment, the Taste of Rockville and a Fine Arts festival.  On Monday, May 25th, Rockville hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade features 70 parade units including marching bands, floats, military units, community groups and more.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore hosts their biggest fundraiser of the year, Brew at the Zoo, on May 23rd and 24th from 1 to 7pm. You can sample great food, local, regional and national beers and hear great music all in the middle of the zoo!  The Sowebo Arts and Music Festival is held on Sunday, May 24th from noon to 8pm at the historic Hollins Market. The free festival has food, drink, music and an art show.  

There are so many great things to do over the Memorial Day Weekend in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Areas. There are so many historical places, parks and beaches that can visited in just a few hours trip from Baltimore. Enjoy the holiday and take a moment to think about those who have served to protect our freedoms over the last two and half centuries.

Stop in to see how ezStorage’s 45 Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area locations can help you with your storage needs. We offer a variety of self storage units to help with personal to business storage needs.

 

The Preakness. Photo courtesy of sports.cbslocal.comThe eyes of the horse racing world are on the Baltimore area this week for the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes. The thoroughbred racing event takes place on Saturday, May 16th at the Pimlico Race Track. During Preakness Week, the public can attend many events from tours of the race track to concerts to a balloon festival.

Preakness Week

One of the highlights of Preakness Week (other than the Preakness Stakes race) is the balloon festival at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. The Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival runs Thursday, May 14th to Saturday, May 16th. The free festival will have tethered hot air balloon rides (for an additional fee), crafts, family activities and entertainment. In the evening, the balloons are lit with special lights as they launch into the sky.

A great daily event (Tuesday through Friday) during Preakness Week is Sunrise at Old Hilltop.   Visitors can watch the sunrise over the grandstand at Pimlico race track while watching the horses and jockeys go through their morning routines. Afterwards, visitors can take a free tour of the stable area and get insights in the racing world. 

Black-Eyed Susan Day is Friday, May 15th.  The Black-Eyed Susan stakes was first run in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks, but was changed in 1952 to its current name to commemorate Maryland’s state flower, the black-eyed susan. This race is a 1 1/8th mile for 3 year old fillies. A portion of proceeds for the event and race will be shared with the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. To top off the racing day, there will be concerts in the infield by Gin Blossoms, Fuel and Vertical Horizon.

Preakness Stakes and Race Day Events

The Preakness Stakes is the “middle jewel” in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown:  Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The race is traditionally held on the third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Track, the second oldest race track in the United States. American Pharaoh, the winner of the 2015 Kentucky Derby is the favorite in the field of eight 3 year old colts, geldings and/or fillies.  The winner of the race wins a million dollar purse.

Infield Fest  is a multi-entertainment festival on the infield of Pimlico Race Track that takes place throughout race day. The festival includes food and other vendors, music, entertainment and much more! The headliners for this year’s Infield Fest are  Grammy nominated DJ Armin Van Burren and Childish Gamino. There are also performances by other regional and national performers throughout the day including Easton Corbin, Trampled by Turtles, and A Thousand Horses.

Preakness Week always brings excitement to the Baltimore area with all of the great activities from the Preakness Stakes to the Preakness Celebration. ezStorage has 39 Maryland storage locations that can serve all of your storage needs from business to household. 

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