By edhat staff
If you stuck around town you’d notice the long Memorial Day weekend has brought in a decent number of tourists while locals plan foggy beach BBQs and backyard gatherings. Above all else, Memorial Day honors Americans who have died in service to their country.
A free community gathering will take place at the Santa Barbara Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, sponsored by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. Learn more about that here.
The weekend is also known as the unofficial kickoff to summer with gatherings, shopping Memorial Day sales, and traveling for a long weekend trip. This year, it’s estimated that 44% of Americans plan to barbeque while 16% are taking a trip. Although looking at gas stations and airports it appears more than 16% of people are traveling this weekend.
According to a survey by, 42.3 million people plan to travel this weekend. That’s a huge jump compared to 2.5 million traveling people in the pandemic riddled 2021. It’s estimated 818 hot dogs will be consumed every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and shoppers can expect to receive 15-80% off retail prices today.
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