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Memorial Day marks the beginning of the 2016 Commercial Ice Season.

The 2016 Memorial Day holiday period is defined as this coming Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30 and marks the beginning of the Commercial Ice Season. The majority of ice for consumption and refrigeration is purchased in the summer, nearly 80 percent between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the International Packaged Ice Association. According to the new AAA / IHS forecast more than 38 million travelers will hit the road during the 2016 Memorial Day holiday period, an increase of 1.9 percent over 2015. The 38 million travelers will be the most since 2005 and the second-highest total on record.