Party in the USA! 34M hit the road for Memorial Day Weekend as the crowds packed the pools and beaches

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Tens of millions of Americans have hit the highways and taken to the skies ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.

Nearly 40 million citizens are expected to travel far and wide for this year’s annual vacation, which marks the unofficial start of summer in the country.

With COVID rules loosening and infection rates dropping, optimistic Americans are finally ready to get out and about after being locked up at home for over a year.

On Friday, some got a head start on the fun, packing themselves up in pools in Las Vegas and thronging on the beaches in Miami.

In Sin City, the Mandalay Bay hotel was packed with vacationers, many of whom were spotted in the pool and topping up their tan on the sun loungers.

Meanwhile, there was no face mask to be seen in Miami, with revelers ready to party with the prospect of the pandemic finally drawing to a close.

LAS VEGAS: Americans are ready to celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend in anticipation that the pandemic may finally be over.  At the Mandalay Bay hotel in Vegas, vacationers got a head start over the holiday weekend

LAS VEGAS: Americans are ready to celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend in anticipation that the pandemic may finally be over. At the Mandalay Bay hotel in Vegas, vacationers got a head start over the holiday weekend

LAS VEGAS: On Friday, some got a head start in the fun and decided to extend the three-day weekend by an extra day

LAS VEGAS: On Friday, some got a head start in the fun and decided to extend the three-day weekend by an extra day

MIAMI: There was no face mask in sight, with revelers ready to party when they hit the beach

MIAMI: There was no face mask in sight, with revelers ready to party when they hit the beach

MIAMI: Bikini-clad beauties waded in the water enjoying the warm weather and sun

MIAMI: Bikini-clad beauties waded in the water enjoying the warm weather and sun

COCOA BEACH: There was hardly any room on the sand at Cocoa Beach in Florida as vacationers set up tents and umbrellas for a day at the beach

COCOA BEACH: There was hardly any room on the sand at Cocoa Beach in Florida as vacationers set up tents and umbrellas for a day at the beach

COCOA BEACH: Americans young and old were seen hitting the sand, and many felt carefree after receiving their COVID vaccines

COCOA BEACH: Americans young and old were seen hitting the sand, and many felt carefree after receiving their COVID vaccines

MIAMI: Some partying citizens in Miami saw beer slurping on the beach, while others unpacked their coolers and set up their umbrellas

MIAMI: Some partying citizens in Miami saw beer slurping on the beach, while others unpacked their coolers and set up their umbrellas

Some partying citizens in Miami saw beer slurping on the beach, while others unpacking their coolers and setting up their umbrellas.

Crowds poured in from nearby bars with a party atmosphere pervading the air.

More vacationers are expected to arrive in Miami in the coming days.

More than 37 million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles this year, a 60 percent increase from last year, when home confirmations forced people to stay at home.

At least 2.5 million Americans will also take to the air, with TSA boss Alejandro Mayorkas first warning of airport lines since the COVID-19 outbreak last year stopped many Americans from flying.

MIAMI: Crowds poured out of bars as a party atmosphere swept the air

MIAMI: Crowds poured out of bars as a party atmosphere swept the air

MIAMI: More vacationers are expected to arrive in Miami in the coming days, with partygoers arriving by air and car

MIAMI: More vacationers are expected to arrive in Miami in the coming days, with partygoers arriving by air and car

MIAMI: Many of those who were out on Friday had just flown to the Sunshine State

MIAMI: Many of those who were out on Friday had just flown to the Sunshine State

MIAMI: Young Americans like to party after being locked inside for over a year

MIAMI: Young Americans like to party after being locked inside for over a year

SAN DIEGO: An Arizona tourist was seen taking a surfboard to the beach with his family

SAN DIEGO: An Arizona tourist was seen taking a surfboard to the beach with his family

MIAMI: Traffic was heavy when the sun worshipers poured into Miami on Friday before the long weekend

MIAMI: Traffic was heavy when the sun worshipers poured into Miami on Friday before the long weekend

However, most travelers take a car, which will push gasoline prices to $ 3.03 per gallon – the highest level in seven years.

“ You’re dealing with a year-long pent-up demand and it’s unleashed on travel, ” Adrienne Woodland, AAA spokesman in Michigan, told WW

As Americans anticipate the kick-off of the summer travel season, which would be Memorial Day, we’ve seen an increase in bookings. AAA travel has increased the number of bookings, online traffic and travel booking. ‘

The COVID-19 vaccine – which, according to President Joe Biden, has been given to more than 50 percent of adults in the country – is the biggest reason for the expected increase in travel this year, according to Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel.

“As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows, Americans are showing a strong desire to travel this Memorial Day,” Twidale said.

“This pent-up demand will result in a significant increase in Memorial Day travel, which is a strong indicator of summer, although we should all remember to keep taking important safety precautions.”

NEW YORK CITY: Some Big Apple residents tried to have an early break Friday afternoon, but traffic was already bumper to bumper

NEW YORK CITY: Heavy traffic continued well near Belt Parkway in Brooklyn with residents trying to flee the city

NEW YORK CITY: Heavy traffic continued well near Belt Parkway in Brooklyn with residents trying to flee the city

CHICAGO: Traffic was heavy on its way out of the Windy City on Friday afternoon

CHICAGO: Traffic was heavy on its way out of the Windy City on Friday afternoon

SAN DIEGO: Vacationers are photographed after settling in the California city on Friday

SAN DIEGO: Vacationers are photographed after settling in the California city on Friday

LAS VEGAS: Many Vegas travelers kept their face masks as a precaution while waiting for their luggage after landing

LAS VEGAS: Many Vegas travelers kept their face masks as a precaution while waiting for their luggage after landing

NEW YORK CITY: Last Memorial Day Weekend, JFK was eerily empty.  This year is a different story

NEW YORK CITY: Last Memorial Day Weekend, JFK was eerily empty. This year is a different story

ORLANDO: On Friday there were long queues at airports that have not been seen since the start of the pandemic

ORLANDO: On Friday there were long queues at airports that have not been seen since the start of the pandemic

ORLANDO: Officials say more than 2.4 million Americans will take to the air this weekend

ORLANDO: Officials say more than 2.4 million Americans will take to the air this weekend

ORLANDO: Travelers check in at a ticket counter at Orlando International Airport before Memorial Day weekend

ORLANDO: Travelers check in at a ticket counter at Orlando International Airport before Memorial Day weekend

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