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Fast Travel is a method of travel in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim . It is a way of quickly "teleporting" to any previously discovered location . The travel takes place almost instantaneously in real-world time through a loading screen , but in game time will still pass by as if the Dragonborn had walked there. When using fast travel, the time elapsed may be longer than the time it would have taken to run to the destination, especially when the distance is short.

Fast Travel can be done via the world map or by using one of the carriages stationed near the main gate of many cities. Fast travel via world map is free, but can only be done to a location that has already been discovered. Travel via carriage is limited to major cities, regardless if they have been visited or not before, with a fee relative to distance and the size of the destination city (for example it costs more to travel from Whiterun to Dawnstar than from Windhelm to Solitude even though the distance between Windhelm and Solitude is greater). The Hearthfire DLC allows the Dragonborn to hire a carriage for their homestead , which will also go to smaller cities  and towns ( Darkwater Crossing , Dragon Bridge , Ivarstead , Karthwasten ,  Kynesgrove , Old Hroldan Inn , Riverwood , Rorikstead , Shor's Stone , and Stonehills ).

With Dawnguard , fast travel can also be done between Castle Volkihar and the main island of Skyrim by boat. With Dragonborn , the initial trip to Solstheim must be by boat. (Conventional fast travel can be used later, between the docks at Windhelm and Raven Rock .)

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The fast travel cannot be done while in any of the following conditions:

  • While indoors
  • While jumping
  • While falling
  • While mounting or dismounting a horse .
  • While being too close to enemies
  • While being pursued by enemies/ Hold Guards
  • While taking health damage (e.g. from poison )
  • Riding on horseback.
  • Under the effect of a Fortify Carry Weight potion that is strong enough. There is no limit on fast travel distance while the potion is in effect. However, the effect of the potion immediately wears off after the arrival causing the Dragonborn to be overburdened again.

Fast travel time [ ]

Approximate time to travel between cities/towns wearing Light Armor , measured by in-game hours:

  • The amount and type of armor worn affects how much time passes during fast travel.
  • Fast traveling while on foot or on horseback takes the same amount of time. The only difference will be how the Dragonborn arrives: on foot next to the horse, or on horseback.
  • Any positive or negative effects (such as from a disease ) will still progress during fast travel.
  • Neither the Dragonborn, their horse, or any companion will encounter any enemies during fast travel.
  • Due to the respawning of enemies , dragons and creatures being scripted to happen when fast travelling; if fast travel is never used, after a certain time, encounters with them will reduce noticeably.
  •  PC     360     PS3    When arriving at a location by fast travel, random creatures can spawn in front of the Dragonborn. For example, a non-hostile bandit might spawn every time they fast-travel, who can be talked to but will become hostile if attacked. A similar bug happens when fast-traveling to Falkreath , causing all of the Hold Guards to spawn at the entrance to the city.
  •  PC    Fast traveling with followers to northern cities like Windhelm or the College of Winterhold can trigger a sliding effect on arrival. Normally, this effect is not critical; however, it is possible to sometimes slide for a very long distance and fall from a cliff.
  •  360    After waiting in a location for a long time (two or three weeks), or if multiple other characters have been played before returning to play as the affected character, fast traveling to a location might spawn enemies that have made into thralls (or raised as zombies) in the past. They will attack each other unless they are in the same faction. (Only bandits or spiders, for example).
  •  360     PS3    If fast travel is selected to any location and the back button is immediately pressed, the fast travel will not occur, the game will no longer be paused and the character menu will not be able to be opened. The pause menu can be opened, but saving the game will be the only option that functions, not loading an existing save. The "quit game" option is available, however, allowing a more time consuming reload of the game by saving and exiting the game. Reloading the game will fix this.
  •  360 (Fix)     PS3 (Fix)    Manually shut down the console, as any attempt to open the Xbox or PS3 menu will result in the loading circles on every option and they will never load.
  •  PC     360    Fast traveling on horseback to the College of Winterhold may cause one to appear several feet above the bridge.
  •  PC (Fix)    Quickly Fast traveling to another place before the horse falls off may solve the problem.
  •  PC     360     PS3    Sometimes, when attempting to fast travel, the game will say "You cannot fast travel while guards are pursuing you," even if guards are not pursuing the Dragonborn.
  •  360     PS4    Fast traveling from a snowy location can sometimes cause it to snow in areas that do not normally experience snowy weather conditions.
  •  PC (Fix)    Fast traveling to any location will fix this.
  •  PC (Fix)    Exiting the game to the desktop restarting will fix this.
  • By opening the Journal and pressing the "show on map" button for quest objectives it is possible to access the map, and thus fast travel even under circumstances that normally prevent access to the map, such as after the Dragonborn dies or at the beginning of the game while Helgen is under attack.
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Skyrim – How to Fast Travel Between Towns, Cities, and More

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How to Fast Travel – Skyrim

Fast travelling is going to be your best friend in Skyrim. The world is massive, and you’ll be juggling a ton of quests constantly sending you to each corner of it. To make sure you don’t waste your life running around the map, here’s how to fast travel and save yourself a lot of headaches.

First, you’ll need to make sure you’re outside. You won’t be able to fast travel inside a cave, building, or other structure. Next, make sure you aren’t in combat and that there aren’t any enemies nearby. You won’t be able to fast travel unless you’re safe. And last up on the warnings list, you cannot fast travel if you’re overburdened, or carrying more in item weight than the max capacity your stamina affords you.

Then, pull out your map. Hit Circle on PlayStation and B on Xbox to bring up your menu, then hit the down button to head to your map. Move your cursor over a landmark you’ve visited at least once before, be it a city, a cave, or other notable location. Select this, and choose to fast travel there at the prompt. You’ll then find yourself magically teleported to your desired spot.

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Fast Travel is available from the world map . On the map, dark markers indicate locations you know about but have not yet visited, while light markers indicate locations you have discovered. Select any light marker to travel there.

You cannot fast travel from interiors or while in combat . While fast travelling, time moves forward depending on how far you go. If you have a horse, it will fast travel with you. If you fast travel to a city, your horse will be placed in the nearest stable.

The name of this method of transportation can be misleading as within the game, the time taken to reach the destination is not any shorter, it only appears instantaneous to the player.

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Originally posted by SirJavalot : I am waiting on mods that add more carriage locations, then I will disable fast travel, thats how I used to do it.

should you fast travel in skyrim

Originally posted by Gropax : i usually only use it on the main quests if they got me playing Mideval FedEx man.
Originally posted by joejccva71 : Originally posted by SirJavalot : I am waiting on mods that add more carriage locations, then I will disable fast travel, thats how I used to do it.
Originally posted by SirJavalot : Originally posted by joejccva71 : But isn't carriages kind of the same thing? You're still effectively teleporting to a distant location instead of taking your horse and "making the trip".

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Originally posted by Travis182 : I fast travel a lot. There's enough to do in this game without walking everywhere and fighting the random wolves.

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Originally posted by SirJavalot : Originally posted by Travis182 : I fast travel a lot. There's enough to do in this game without walking everywhere and fighting the random wolves.

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Survival Mode is an addon for Skyrim Special Edition first introduced all the way back in 2017 as a Creation Club downloadable mod. Now that it's been included with Skyrim Anniversary Edition (and is free for Special Edition players without the upgrade), players are flocking back to experience a wholly new way of experiencing the game.

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Skyrim 's Survival Mode changes a lot about the game . Players will find themselves constantly challenged by the environment and their own bodily needs through new weather effects and the maintenance of fatigue, hunger, and other status effects – stealing a Sweetroll doesn't seem like such a bad idea if it means having something to eat.

Updated June 29, 2022 by Erik Petrovich : Skyrim Anniversary Edition introduced a ton of new and returning official addons for the now decade-old RPG, including Skyrim survival mode camping and dozens and dozens more. For Survival Mode Skyrim changes a lot about the way players experience the world: temperature matters, for example, and fast travel is disabled to force players to explore the world on foot. Some of the mechanics of Skyrim Survival Mode are a bit enigmatic, but in each entry below tables lay out these new effects and systems with basic explanations of how they change the vanilla game. Skyrim survival mode is a really neat addition to the game, but it's a death sentence if you go in blind - especially on higher difficulties.

When it comes to how to enable Survival Mode there are two main methods. When starting out the game normally (in the traditional Helgen Dragon attack intro) players leave the caverns beneath Helgen after escaping their own execution. When the player leaves Helgen Keep and sees the vast expanse of Skyrim, a dialogue box pops up asking the player whether they want Survival Mode enabled. The dialogue box that pops up describes Survival Mode briefly and directs players to the "Help" tab in the menu for a more thorough explanation of the new systems.

Typically, Survival Mode is disabled until the player finishes this introductory Unbound quest. However, there is an option in the "Gameplay" tab of the system menu that enables and disables Survival Mode on a whim, which can be useful if it proves to be too much of a challenge or if the player has an Alternate Start mod installed.

Survival Mode features a litany of changes to the game that fundamentally alter how a player experiences the world of Skyrim . There are new racial passives to consider, fast travel is disabled, and players have new status effects to maintain or suffer the consequences.

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It's regarded by many players as being much, much harder than the regular game. There are lots of things to know about before diving into this new mode – unprepared players will find themselves starving and freezing in minutes if they don't know what they're in for.

Racial Passives

Survival Mode changes many aspects of Skyrim , even from the very outset of the game . Several of the playable races have new racial passives related to Survival Mode, for example, that can greatly influence how easily a player can make it in the frozen North of Tamriel.

Fundamental Gameplay Changes

Playing through Survival Mode in Skyrim is a wildly different experience than the vanilla game. Some of these gameplay changes make Skyrim feel more like Morrowind or Oblivion , like having to sleep to level up, and some serve to simply make the game feel more immersive, like the inability to recover health passively.

In addition to the many changes to the way Skyrim is experienced, Survival Mode adds several new factors to keep an eye on when journeying in the Nord homeland and beyond. Staying too long on top of an icy mountain can now make players freeze to death, and not eating or sleeping now has dire consequences.

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These new factors change the ways players observe and interact with their environments . The path to Bleak Falls Barrow, for example, is now much more deadly than in the vanilla game thanks to the lack of food, threats to health totals, and of course the blisteringly cold mountaintop itself.

Environmental Factors

There are two main Environmental Effects introduced with Skyrim 's Survival Mode, being Cold and Warmth . Players can see what kind of environment they are currently in by looking to the right of the Compass - a Sun marks the local temperature as Warm, while a Snowflake marks the local temperature as Cold. There are six levels of Cold, each with different effects.

Players who get into the lower levels of being Cold can restore their internal temperature by standing next to something Warm like a fire, eating something hot , or holding a Torch (not simply having one in the inventory). Conversely, players rapidly become Colder in Freezing Water , instantly losing health. If a player's level of Cold reaches the maximum, they will die from being frozen.

There are two new personal Status Effects to maintain in Survival Mode, being Hunger and Fatigue. Hunger generally affects Stamina , while Fatigue generally affects Magicka . Each can be maintained in the ways one would naturally assume - eating healthily and sleeping comfortably.

  • Hunger naturally depletes over time and can be alleviated by eating food .
  • Eating enough food makes players Well Fed, and it's better to eat cooked food than other food as it restores more Hunger.
  • Not maintaining Hunger lowers total Stamina, makes swinging weapons harder, and can lead to death from Starvation
  • Fatigue naturally depletes over the course of a day, and can be alleviated by sleeping (not simply waiting)
  • Sleeping in a bed indoors, like at an Inn, makes players Well Rested. However, sleeping in a bed outdoors or in an uncomfortable place does not.
  • Not maintaining Fatigue lowers Stamina and Magicka recovery, lowers total Magicka, reduces Potion effectiveness, and can lead to death from exhaustion.

Many players have found that the rate that these two status effects decline is much faster than expected. Keep a constant watch on your current levels of Hunger and Fatigue, and don't be afraid to steal food to eat if it's necessary. Sleeping and eating at an Inn regularly is highly recommended.

Camping in Skyrim is not part of the Survival Mode addon for Skyrim Anniversary Edition , but the two work in tandem better than most mods. Camping allows players to craft and place a campsite anywhere in the world. Players can Fast Travel to their Campsite whenever they like, but of course, this feature is disabled in Survival Mode.

There are numerous benefits to taking the time to gather materials and set up a Campsite on an adventure, especially in Survival mode. It gives players a covered place to sleep, provides a place of Warmth, and is in all ways (except aesthetically) a respite from the harsh environments in the Province of Skyrim.

How To Set Up A Campsite

For camping Skyrim makes things pretty simple, requiring only a few basic materials and a Forge as well as an open place in the world to place it. Gather three pieces of Firewood and one piece of Leather , then head to the Forge and look under the "Misc" section to find craftable Camping Supplies . At the start of the game, Firewood can be gathered easily in Riverwood, while Leather can be harvested from local Deer and other animals.

When you have Camping Supplies crafted and in your inventory, it's ready to be placed out in the world. When you're ready to go to sleep for the night in the wilderness, find a relatively flat portion of land, go into your Inventory and select Camping Supplies . A dialogue box pops up confirming the placement of the campsite. Finally, after a fade to black, a tent, campfire, and place to sit appear.

How Does Camping Benefit The Player?

Camping in the vanilla game is meant as a means of increasing player immersion, providing a resting spot in one's travels, but not any other major benefits. For Survival Mode players, though, it's a near-vital resource that players should plan to carry a few of at all times, as the Tent and Campfire provide huge benefits.

  • The Tent : Sleeping in a Tent won't provide the Well Rested bonus like sleeping in a bed in an Inn, but it doesn't make the player wake up Drained like a normal wilderness bedroll.
  • The Campfire : Provides Warmth that can alleviate the negative effects of Cold. Also serves as a spot to cook limited Food (notably, Hot Soup can be made in a Camp).
  • Non-Survival Mode : Campsite can be Fast Travelled to at any point, as long as the camp hasn't been taken down of course.

Survival in Skyrim isn't as simple as just wearing the right clothes, keeping oneself fed, and getting to sleep at a decent hour. There are four things a survival mode Skyrim player can do to improve their chances of survival: get a backpack, gather useful materials, collect ingredients, and level Restoration.

Buy And Equip A Backpack

One of the addons included with Skyrim Special Edition adds backpacks to the game, which greatly increase the player's carrying capacity when equipped. These are more useful in Survival Mode than vanilla Skyrim because of the reduced carry weight for all races. Backpacks come in a lot of styles, some even come with pretty major enchantments, and they can be bought from just about any general vendor or blacksmith for next to nothing. They can also be crafted pretty easily if you find yourself strapped for cash.

Keep An Eye Out For Useful Materials...

There are lots of useful things to craft with Skyrim survival mode, and lots of materials that can be used to make these often life-saving creations. Keep an eye out for Firewood and Leather for crafting Campfires, and for crafting Backpacks, and look for Animal Skins and Hides to make Leather yourself if you can't afford to buy it.

...And Gather These Cooking Ingredients Too

In Survival Mode Skyrim makes cooking much more important than in the base game. Cooked food keeps you warm longer, serve as a source of healing, and can grant other special effects with the right ingredients. Look out for ingredients like Salt Piles for improved cooking recipes, Fire Salts for recipes that warm the player, Hawk Feathers or Mudcrab Chitin for Cure Disease potions, and Imp Gall or Scrib Jelly for Cure Poison potions.

Level Restoration For Healing

Because passive healing is disabled in Survival Mode, Restoration Spells are one way to heal oneself. Potions and Food work too, but the reduced carry weight makes carrying lots of potions and food difficult. Consider leveling up your Restoration from the beginning of the game until you reach a point where stronger healing spells are available to you before branching out into a proper build.

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Looting items only to become over-encumbered is a nuisance for any The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim player who wants to sell or store their stuff. Triggered when the player collects enough items to exceed their carry weight, the over-encumbered status in Skyrim prohibits the player from fast traveling , sprinting, and running. It basically reduces the game to a slog, with the player character only able to slowly walk to wherever they need to go. If the player happens to get into a fight, it is even worse, as the over-encumbered player will not be able to dodge or run away from any incoming attacks.

Most players try to erase over-encumbrance in Skyrim by increasing their carry weight, and it’s a valid enough strategy with allthe methods players have available. Increasing stamina, getting the Extra Pockets pickpocket perk, and making use of certain enchantments can all increase carry weight significantly. But, sometimes, it is not enough, and players can't bear to leave any item behind. Followers are not always enough to carry the player’s heavy burdens. In these cases, players can use three other methods to fast travel while holding all their stuff.

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One of the best methods for fast traveling while over-encumbered in Skyrim is to make sure to always carry a powerful potion that can increase carry weight. This can be a Fortify Carry Weight potion or a Strength potion, as long as it increases the player’s carry weight capacity enough to temporarily erase the encumbered status. Players will want to be sure to either buy or craft the most powerful potion possible. When that potion is ingested, they can immediately open the map and select a location. They should arrive at that location with no hassle, but, after fast traveling, the potion’s effects wear off, which makes the player is over-encumbered again. Players should use their opportunity to reach a town or city where they can unload their loot.

Use Mounts or Necromancy to Fast Travel While Over-Encumbered in Skyrim

Another option for traveling long distances while over-encumbered in Skyrim is to use a mount like a horse, as these creatures are capable of carrying the player regardless of the amount of loot they are carrying. It really is that easy, provided the mount is conveniently nearby. But, for most mounts, having one close by can be a bit challenging since most are skittish by nature. Arvak is the most ideal mount for over-encumbered travel purposes since he can be summoned in any outdoor location.

The last method is rather odd, but it can get the job done. If the player character has some skill in conjuration, they can use a corpse as a temporary pack mule. To do this, they should approach a recently slain enemy like a bandit or draugr , enter its inventory, and load it with as much as it can carry. If players lose their over-encumbered status by doing this, then they can use a spell like “raise zombie” or “reanimate corpse” to turn the dead body into a thrall. They should fast-travel before the spell wears off and will find themselves at their desired location with a pile of ashes right next to them. Those ashes should have all the items that the player deposited on the corpse.

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  • i'm on the esbern quest where i have to escort him and as soon as i exited the dungeon, i fast traveled to riverwood, talked to delphine and told her that esbern is on his way but she said that i actually have to escort him. is he still in the dungeon/riften or can he fast travel? Anonymous - 2 years ago - report

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  • When you exit the dungeon, be sure to ask him what happened on the 30th of Frostfall. Delphine told you to ask him that, remember? After his speech, he will say something like "we should keep moving." THEN fast travel to Riverwood. Sometimes you can't fast travel right away because there is an "enemy" nearby... you will find an Argonian woman near Honeyside who has a contract to kill you from Elenwen (Thalmor). Get rid of her, then fast-travel. Esbern should follow you (slowly) to the Inn; but don't worry; he will somehow be ahead of you when you enter! My biggest issue with Esbern is his slow progress in the Ratway; he will constantly stop to look at the dead bodies I left along the way. So keep looking back to make sure he's there. Same problem happens at the Sky Temple. Always try to get him to go first across bridges, or he may take a detour. Don't be in a rush! Tickledpuppy - 2 years ago - report 2   0
  • If he was following you he should have fast travelled with you. He may be at the dungeon or making his way as this mission can be a bit glitchy. wait a day or two in game and he should show up. If not he probbaly waiting for you at the dungeon. It possible you need to finish a conversation to get him to follow. It been a long time since I have played this mission is all. :) Olld-Onne - 2 years ago - report 1   1

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Starfield: How To Fast Travel Without Menus

O ne of the most infuriating parts of Starfield is the space travel. I spent far too many skill points buffing my spaceships before realising that, aside from dogfights that feel straight out of Star Trek , your meticulously-upgraded spacecraft is little more than another base you’ve built to craft on the go. Unless…

Starfield is very tutorial-light. It may not feel like it, with the stuttering pace of the opening, but there are so many systems to get to grips with in the game that explaining them all would take hours. Whether you’re building your own spacecraft from scratch or just trying to use your base to mine minerals, you’ll have to do a lot of trial and error before you work out how things work and what your limitations are. The same goes for sailing the stars.

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Many players, myself included, lamented the lack of ‘proper’ space travel in the game. There’s a reason one of our guide writers spent four hours trying to fly from Mars’ orbit to the planet itself , only for the game to pull him up a kilometre short.

The only way to get from planet to planet is via fast travel. The same goes for getting from orbit to a planet’s surface, from a planet to a moon, or (perhaps more understandably) from system to system. Open the menu, navigate to the map, select the system, planet, and landing area you want, hold X, cutscene and loading screen ensues. Et voila, you have arrived at your destination. It’s tedious, boring, and completely fails to immerse you in the universe Bethesda has created.

While ‘exploring’ Starfield, I often thought back to playing Skyrim, and the excitement of stumbling upon new towns, encampments, and caves along my way. From the moment you emerge out of the Helgen tunnels, you’re immersed in Tamriel. You see the animals and the streams, the people and the quests, you kill a chicken and fight off an entire enraged village. It pulls you in immediately, and a lot of that comes down to the fact you’re forging your own path on foot. You look at the mountains yourself, maybe you try to climb one. You follow a fox to some loot. You explore the world of Skyrim at your own pace, on your own two feet, and see the world as you would explore it in real life.

Conversely, Starfield immerses you in its story by sending you deep into a mine. It’s the opposite of what most people want to do in the game – I want to fly among the stars, not get a second job going down ‘pit – and it’s boring. It’s immediately followed by a big fight, which prepares you for exactly what to expect with this game, and then you’re finally let loose to fast travel the stars. It’s incredibly underwhelming, and the less-than-stellar travel is the biggest disappointment in a dull opening.

However, Bethesda hides one key part of space travel: your scanner. You know that piece of equipment that allows you to check whether a pile of ore on a planet is Aluminium or Titanium? Yeah, you can use that in space. And when you do, a host of new options open up.

Pressing LB when piloting your ship to open your scanner. Now you can check what minerals meteorites are made of before you blow them up to harvest them (yeah, you can do that too), but you can also see tags on visible planets in your system.

Want to travel from Earth to the Moon – sorry, from Earth to Luna ? Open your scanner and you can press X right from your pilot’s seat to initiate that fast travel sequence. This can go surprisingly far within a system, and is far more immersive than the usual menu-filled method. Yes, you’re still travelling via loading screen, but it feels better to plot your course in real space than in a gamified menu.

You can also fast travel directly to your selected quest this way, by hovering over the blue quest marker which appears in the galaxy. Of course, you’ll need to abide by the usual fast travel rules requiring you to have travelled the route to the system before, but it still feels good.

Space travel in Starfield still isn’t great, but utilising your onboard scanner makes it a little more immersive than the menu method of fast travel that most of us have used for our playthroughs so far.

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  • Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.
  • The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day and was first observed in 1868.
  • Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who have died in service to their country.

The Memorial Day weekend is coming up fast.

The three-day weekend for many is marked as the unofficial start of summer — although it has nothing to do with astronomical or meteorological seasons . Memorial Day is a day rich in tradition, but how much do you really know about the holiday?

When is Memorial Day and why is it on a different date every year? Should you say happy Memorial Day? Here's what you should know about the day, why we celebrate it and ceremonies you can find in Florida.

When is Memorial Day 2024?

Memorial Day is held on the last Monday of May. In 2024, Memorial Day is on May 27.

Is Memorial Day a federal holiday?

Yes, Memorial Day is one of 11 federal holidays.  Schools and libraries will be closed, along with most federal and state offices. There will be no mail delivery on Memorial Day.

Is Memorial Day a Florida holiday?

Yes. Memorial Day is a holiday recognized by Florida. Most state and local offices will be closed.

Will there be school in Florida on Memorial Day?

For many Florida students, school will end before Memorial Day .

For students still in school, there will be no classes on May 27.

What is the true meaning of Memorial Day?

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day can trace its origins back to the years after the Civil War when people began to decorate the graves and say prayers to those killed during the war.

In 1868, Gen. John Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance , according to History.com . The observance was called Decoration Day, and it was observed on May 30, 1868, as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. The date was chosen because it wasn't the anniversary of any Civil War battle, History.com said.

Originally honoring only those who died during the Civil War, Decoration Day expanded to recognize the sacrifices of others after World War I.

"The holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars, including World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," according to the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum.

Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971 and changed from May 30 to the last Monday in May under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

Fast facts: 10 historical facts about Memorial Day

Who do we honor on Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor members of the U.S. military who have died in service to their country.

What is the National Moment of Remembrance? Putting 'memorial' back into Memorial Day

In May 1996, children touring Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., were asked what Memorial day meant. Their answer was that it was when pools open, according to National Moment of Remembrance.

That answer sparked an effort to put "memorial" back into Memorial Day, and in December 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act was signed into law with these goals in mind:

  • To demonstrate gratitude to those who died for our freedom.
  • To remind all Americans of the importance of remembering those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
  • To provide U.S. citizens in America and throughout the world the opportunity to join in this symbolic act of unity.
  • To make Memorial Day relevant, especially to younger Americans.

What do you do during the National Moment of Remembrance?

"The National Momen t of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation," according to the VA.

What not to do on Memorial Day?

This really isn't the day to thank someone for their service just because it's Memorial Day; Save those wishes for Veterans Day or Armed Forces Day.

Remember that the purpose of Memorial Day is to focus and remember those who died during their service.

There's nothing wrong with spending time with family or finding special sales, but don't forget to reflect and appreciate the sacrifices that make it all possible.

Should you say 'Happy Memorial Day'?

Memorial Day is intended to honor those people who have died in service to their country, so wishing someone a "Happy Memorial Day" really isn't appropriate.

For families who have lost loved ones, it's often not a happy day in the traditional sense but a solemn day filled with emotion.

So what can you say instead?

The Wounded Warrior Project suggested saying "Have a meaningful Memorial Day" or even "Today and always, I’m remembering (name).”

What's the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

Memorial Day honors the sacrifice and loss of those who have served and died in the military.

Veterans Day honors all who have served in the U.S. military. This is the time to thank a member of the military for their service.

Florida ceremonies to mark Memorial Day 2024

Many communities observe Memorial Day with parades, concerts or ceremonies put on by local veteran organizations. Among the observances and activities around Florida over the Memorial Day weekend are:

Pensacola : Patriotic music, flags placed on gravesites at Barrancas National Cemetery, Memorial Day observances, wreath-laying ceremony.

West Palm Beach : Jupiter Memorial Day Ceremony, Palm Beach Gardens Memorial Day Ceremony, Royal Palm Beach Memorial Day Ceremony, Wellington Day Parade and Ceremony, Day to Remember Memorial Day Service in Lantana, Boca Raton Memorial Day Ceremony and Concert.

Brevard : Memorial Day tribute in Cocoa Village, Memorial Day program at Liberty Bell Museum, Memorial Day observance on Merritt Island, Memorial Day observance in Mims, Memorial Day service in Titusville.

Sarasota : Sarasota Memorial Day Parade, Tribute to Heroes Block Party and Parade in Lakewood Park, Patriotic Pops Concert and Fireworks Display at CoolToday Park, Memorial Day Concert.

Treasure Coast: Memorial Island Sanctuary's Memorial Day Ceremony, Memorial Day Picnic in St. Lucie County, City of Stuart Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.

Naples : Memorial Day service in Bonita Springs, "Patriotic Pops" concerts at Artis―Naples.

What's closed on Memorial Day?

All banks, schools and nonessential government offices will be closed for the holiday weekend.

However, most stores, restaurants supermarkets — including Publix — and convenience stores will be open

Memorial Day closings: Memorial Day 2024: What is open, closed in Florida?

When is the best time to travel during Memorial Day weekend?

AAA projects  43.8 million travelers will head 50 miles or more  from home over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. This is a 4% increase over last year.

AAA expects 3.51 million air travelers during the holiday weekend, an increase of 4.8% over last year.

 Transportation data and insights provider  INRIX  suggested the best times to get on the road:

  • If leaving Thursday or Friday, hit the road early to avoid mixing with commuters.
  • Travelers going back home on Sunday or Monday should avoid the afternoon hours when return trips will peak.  
  • Thursday: noon-6 p.m.
  • Friday: noon-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: noon-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 3-7 p.m.
  • Monday: 3-7 p.m.

Memorial Day road trip: Here are the best and worst times to go in Florida, the Southeast

Staying in Florida over Memorial Day weekend? Get free admission to state parks

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced all Florida state parks will be free to enter during the Memorial Day weekend.

The weekend runs from May 24 through May 27.

Florida state parks: Visiting Florida state park soon? Here are the 10 most popular parks, and how to get in free

Memorial Day sales

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Trump Has Been Convicted. Here’s What Happens Next.

Donald J. Trump has promised to appeal, but he may face limits on his ability to travel and to vote as he campaigns for the White House.

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By Jesse McKinley and Maggie Astor

  • May 30, 2024

The conviction of former President Donald J. Trump on Thursday is just the latest step in his legal odyssey in New York’s court system. The judge, Juan M. Merchan, set Mr. Trump’s sentencing for July 11, at which point he could be sentenced to as much as four years behind bars, or to probation.

It won’t stop him from running for president, though: There is no legal prohibition on felons doing that . No constitutional provision would stop him even from serving as president from a prison cell, though in practice that would trigger a crisis that courts would almost certainly have to resolve.

His ability to vote — for himself, presumably — depends on whether he is sentenced to prison. Florida, where he is registered, requires felons convicted there to complete their full sentence, including parole or probation, before regaining voting rights. But when Floridians are convicted in another state, Florida defers to the laws of that state, and New York disenfranchises felons only while they are in prison.

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The Trump Manhattan Criminal Verdict, Count By Count

Former President Donald J. Trump faced 34 felony charges of falsifying business records, related to the reimbursement of hush money paid to the porn star Stormy Daniels in order to cover up a sex scandal around the 2016 presidential election.

“Because Florida recognizes voting rights restoration in the state of conviction, and because New York’s law states that those with a felony conviction do not lose their right to vote unless they are incarcerated during the election, then Trump will not lose his right to vote in this case unless he is in prison on Election Day,” said Blair Bowie, a lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog group.

Mr. Trump will almost certainly appeal his conviction, after months of criticizing the case and attacking the Manhattan district attorney, who brought it, and Justice Merchan, who presided over his trial.

Long before that appeal is heard, however, Mr. Trump will be enmeshed in the gears of the criminal justice system.

A pre-sentencing report makes recommendations based on the defendant’s criminal record — Mr. Trump had none before this case — as well as his personal history and the crime itself. The former president was found guilty of falsifying business records in relation to a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, a porn star who says she had a brief sexual tryst with Mr. Trump in 2006, in order to buy her silence.

At the pre-sentence interview, a psychologist or social worker working for the probation department may also talk to Mr. Trump, during which time the defendant can “try to make a good impression and explain why he or she deserves a lighter punishment,” according to the New York State Unified Court System.

The pre-sentencing report can also include submissions from the defense, and may describe whether “the defendant is in a counseling program or has a steady job.”

In Mr. Trump’s case, of course, he is applying — as it were — for a steady job as president of the United States, a campaign that may be complicated by his new status as a felon. Mr. Trump will likely be required to regularly report to a probation officer, and rules on travel could be imposed.

Mr. Trump was convicted of 34 Class E felonies, New York’s lowest level , each of which carry a potential penalty of up to four years in prison. Probation or home confinement are other possibilities that Justice Merchan can consider.

That said, Justice Merchan has indicated in the past that he takes white-collar crime seriously . If he did impose prison time, he would likely impose the punishment concurrently, meaning that Mr. Trump would serve time on each of the counts he was convicted of simultaneously.

If Mr. Trump were instead sentenced to probation, he could still be jailed if he were later found to have committed additional crimes. Mr. Trump, 77, currently faces three other criminal cases: two federal, dealing with his handling of classified documents and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election , and a state case in Georgia that concerns election interference.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers can file a notice of appeal after sentencing, scheduled for July 11 at 10 a.m. And the judge could stay any punishment during an appeal, something that could delay punishment beyond Election Day.

The proceedings will continue even if he wins: Because it’s a state case, not federal, Mr. Trump would have no power as president to pardon himself .

Jesse McKinley is a Times reporter covering upstate New York, courts and politics. More about Jesse McKinley

Maggie Astor covers politics for The New York Times, focusing on breaking news, policies, campaigns and how underrepresented or marginalized groups are affected by political systems. More about Maggie Astor

Our Coverage of the Trump Hush-Money Trial

Guilty Verdict : Donald Trump was convicted on all 34 counts  of falsifying records to cover up a sex scandal that threatened his bid for the White House in 2016, making him the first American president to be declared a felon .

What Happens Next: Trump’s sentencing hearing on July 11 will trigger a long and winding appeals process , though he has few ways to overturn the decision .

Reactions: Trump’s conviction reverberated quickly across the country  and around the world . Here’s what voters , New Yorkers , Republicans , Trump supporters  and President Biden  had to say.

The Presidential Race : The political fallout of Trump’s conviction is far from certain , but the verdict will test America’s traditions, legal institutions and ability to hold an election under historic partisan tension .

Making the Case: Over six weeks and the testimony of 20 witnesses, the Manhattan district attorney’s office wove a sprawling story  of election interference and falsified business records.

Legal Luck Runs Out: The four criminal cases that threatened Trump’s freedom had been stumbling along, pleasing his advisers. Then his good fortune expired .


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