Revelers flock to Miami in 81F heat as thousands of bikers drive through DC for Memorial Day

Revelers flock to Miami in 81F heat as thousands of bikers drive through DC for ‘Rolling to Remember’ on Memorial Day weekend

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Millions of Americans flocked to beaches and set up barbecues across the country in honor of Memorial Day, as COVID rules continue to relax and infection rates plunge.

Roughly 40 million citizens traveled far-and-wide for this year’s annual holiday, which has seen its festivities largely sidelined in recent years due to restrictions implemented during the pandemic.

In cities such as Miami and Los Angeles, beach activity was also rife, along with characteristic barbecues previously seen prior to the pandemic. 

On Sunday, a couple of days into the long weekend, beaches in New York City were also packed, boasting an abundance of swimmers and sunbathers not seen in three years. 

In particular, popular Big Apple beach destination Coney Island in was notably crowded, video taken Sunday afternoon shows, with revelers enjoying sunny, clear skies and  agreeable temperatures in the low 70s.

In DC, thousands of motorists once again gathered for the district’s annual military memorial ride to remember military lives lost – a tradition that was thrown to the wayside in 2020 and 2021 amid Covid concerns.

More than 25 million people are expected to travel 50 plus miles this year for the popular outdoor holiday, officials said this week – a 60 percent increase over 2020 when stay-at-home orders forced people to stay home. 

In cities such Miami, beach activity was rife over the weekend, with thousands once again gracing the city's scenic beaches. Pictured are beachgoers on Miami Beach on Saturday

In cities such Miami, beach activity was rife over the weekend, with thousands once again gracing the city’s scenic beaches. Pictured are beachgoers on Miami Beach on Saturday

Large crowds were also seen attending the city's popular air and sea show Saturday, which had been called off the past two years because of COVID

Large crowds were also seen attending the city’s popular air and sea show Saturday, which had been called off the past two years because of COVID

Last year, celebrations rebounded slightly in cities with more lax Covid restrictions, such as Miami and Las Vegas. 

Now, however, with virtually all public parks and beaches in cities and states across the country open, the holiday feels to have finally returned in full force.

Photos taken in Coney Island over the weekend shows beachgoers overrunning the Brooklyn hot spot, after it was closed in 2020 due to COVID concerns – the first summer where the borough’s famed Wonder Wheel did not spin.

In 2021, the beach – along with the city’s myriad other ocean destinations – reopened in April, allowing some revelers to once again grace the coasts’ sands, albeit to a scaled-down extent, with officials putting limiters on how many citizens could grace the public sites.

This year serves as the first full-fledged return to normal celebrations for the American holiday, which honors those who have fallen serving the country’s armed forces.

A life guard looks on as people visit Coney Island during Memorial Day weekend in New York City. This year serves as the first full-fledged return to normal celebrations for the American holiday, which honors those who have fallen serving the country's armed forces

A life guard looks on as people visit Coney Island during Memorial Day weekend in New York City. This year serves as the first full-fledged return to normal celebrations for the American holiday, which honors those who have fallen serving the country’s armed forces

Popular Big Apple beach destination Coney Island was particularly packed over the weekend, with revelers enjoying agreeable temperatures in the low 70s

Popular Big Apple beach destination Coney Island was particularly packed over the weekend, with revelers enjoying agreeable temperatures in the low 70s

Thousands of New Yorkers and tourists from across the country visited Coney Island during Memorial Day weekend, as the beach and amusement park finally fully reopened to the public

Thousands of New Yorkers and tourists from across the country visited Coney Island during Memorial Day weekend, as the beach and amusement park finally fully reopened to the public

Large crowds were seen in cities like Miami and Las Vegas appeared to be a pre-pandemic levels over the long weekend, as thousands returned to business as usual for the holiday.

In Miami, long a popular Memorial Day destination, droves of celebratory citizens were seen guzzling beer on the beach, as others unpacked their coolers and set up their umbrellas to barbecue. Temperatures were pleasant, remaining in the low 80s.

Crowds were also seen spilling out of the beach town’s plethora of bars, with a general party atmosphere pervading the air. 

Barbecues on and off the boardwalk were also in abundance. 

As large crowds flocked to the beach town and packed the city’s streets, Miami Beach police asserted at the start of the weekend that they are prepared for the influx of people.

‘Each evening, we have a traffic mitigation plan, and we have some closed-off streets. We have every Miami Beach Police officer who is on our force working, that’s 400 plus officers,’ Miami Beach Police PIO Ernesto Rodriguez said.

Large crowds were also seen attending the city’s popular air and sea show Saturday, which had been called off the past two years because of COVID.

In Miami Saturday, service members showcased wartime tech and equipment from all five branches of the US military, piloting jets, Apache helicopters, and several other aircraft at the Hyundai Air & Sea Show, held Saturday and Sunday

In Miami Saturday, service members showcased wartime tech and equipment from all five branches of the US military, piloting jets, Apache helicopters, and several other aircraft at the Hyundai Air & Sea Show, held Saturday and Sunday

AAA estimates that, in total, around 39.2 million people in the country have traveled 50 or more miles from their homes for the holiday, an increase of about 3 million compared to 2021. Pictured are travelers over the weekend at LAX in LA - a popular Memorial Day destination

AAA estimates that, in total, around 39.2 million people in the country have traveled 50 or more miles from their homes for the holiday, an increase of about 3 million compared to 2021. Pictured are travelers over the weekend at LAX in LA – a popular Memorial Day destination

Kayakers are pictured enjoying the long weekend in Savannah, Georgia, over the weekend, in one of the coastal city's many unspoiled beaches

Kayakers are pictured enjoying the long weekend in Savannah, Georgia, over the weekend, in one of the coastal city’s many unspoiled beaches

At the event, service members showcased wartime tech and equipment from all five branches of the US military, piloting jets, Apache helicopters, and several other aircraft, at the event, called the Hyundai Air & Sea Show, held Saturday and Sunday.

Guests were also graced with a fireworks show. 

‘The whole idea of the air and sea show is to bring back the true spirit of Memorial Day,’ Hyundai Air & Sea Show Executive Producer Mickey Markoff said. 

‘Here’s over a million people who have given their lives, and this is the day to come back and say thank you for their ultimate sacrifice.’ 

More holidaymakers are expected to arrive in Miami in the coming days, officials say – in what looks to be a triumphant return to processions of past – all despite record-high gas prices and airfare

Sin City, meanwhile, was also rife with tourists on the strip over the weekend, with many reporting they received deals and price breaks on airfare to get to the Nevada hotspot.

In DC, thousands of motorists once again gathered for the district's annual military memorial ride to remember military lives lost - a tradition that was thrown to the wayside in 2020 and 2021 amid Covid concerns

In DC, thousands of motorists once again gathered for the district’s annual military memorial ride to remember military lives lost – a tradition that was thrown to the wayside in 2020 and 2021 amid Covid concerns

Thousands of people participated in the 2022 Rolling to Remember Memorial Day demonstration to honor fallen military members Sunday in our nation's capitol

Thousands of people participated in the 2022 Rolling to Remember Memorial Day demonstration to honor fallen military members Sunday in our nation’s capitol

Beachside barbecues were also abundance out east on the Atlantic, like this one in Old Orchard Beach in Maine Sunday

Beachside barbecues were also abundance out east on the Atlantic, like this one in Old Orchard Beach in Maine Sunday

Revelers in Vegas will also have access to A-list entertainment such as Keith Urban’s three-night stint at the Coliseum at Caesars Palace or Katy Perry’s residency Play at Resorts World Las Vegas, as well as performances from EDM stars Zedd and Tiësto.

Down the strip at the MGM Grand, guests enjoyed performances from hip-hop stars Tyga and Lil’ John at the Hakkasan nightclub.

Beaches on the west coast, meanwhile, such as those in Los Angeles and San Diego, also welcomed guests back, after loosening lockdown rules seen last year and the year prior.

Beachside barbecues were also abundance out east on the Atlantic, with states like Maine, New Jersey, Georgia, and Delaware also seeing their beaches packed once again.

Boardwalks in eastern coastal cities like Atlantic City and Boston similarly welcomed thousands of out-of-towners.

AAA estimates that, in total, around 39.2 million people in the country have traveled 50 or more miles from their homes for the holiday, an increase of about 3 million compared to 2021. 

Compared to pre-pandemic levels, this year’s number of travelers makes up almost 92 percent of the 42.8 million people who traveled in 2019 before the pandemic took hold.

The festivities already seen across the country are poised to continue on into Monday, as straphangers across the county enjoy a lengthened weekend.

Boardwalks in coastal cities like Atlantic City also welcomed thousands of out-of-towners

Boardwalks in coastal cities like Atlantic City also welcomed thousands of out-of-towners

Tavelers board a shuttle bus at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York at the start of the weekend

Tavelers board a shuttle bus at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York at the start of the weekend

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