Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27 this year. Many Massachusetts folks will be paying tribute and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can continue to enjoy our freedom. Whether it's attending a parade, visiting a cemetery, displaying flags, or taking a moment of silence there will be several ways to remember those who lost their lives during battle.

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Many Massachusetts Folks Will Be Hosting Picnics and Cookouts This Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is also recognized as the unofficial start of summer and many Massachusetts folks will be having friends and family over for outdoor picnics and cookouts. If you are hosting a meal this year, you'll need plenty of food and other items for the gathering.

Two Big Retail Chains Will Be Open in Massachusetts on Memorial Day 

For those who wait last minute to do their Memorial Day picnic shopping you'll be glad to know that two big department stores Walmart and Target will be open on Memorial Day 2024. Walmart and Target have locations throughout Massachusetts, including Pittsfield, Holyoke, Lowell, Springfield, and many more.

Don't Forget to Confirm That Your Location Will Be Open. Will the Store Have Special Hours on May 27? 

If you are going to shop at either of these stores on Memorial Day, you'll want to confirm that your location is open and what the hours of operation are on May 27. You can check Walmart locations and hours here and for Target you can go here.

Don't Fret

If you need an extra bag of buns or have to grab another package of hot dogs for your Memorial Day festivities both Walmart and Target will have you covered on May 27.

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Stacker takes a look at 50 major retail chains that no longer exist and the reasons for their demise.  

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READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

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LOOK: Here Are 30 Foods That Are Poisonous to Dogs

To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

Even with all of these resources, however, the best cure for food poisoning is preventing it in the first place. To give you an idea of what human foods can be dangerous, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there are any that surprise you.

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