There is a lot to do this Memorial Day weekend

It’s just a few days until Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer. Many people are already planning a trip to the beach, attending a festival or having a barbecue in the garden.

While FOX Weather is tracking some storm systems that could disrupt outdoor plans in some parts of the U.S., most of the Lower 48 should be dry and very warm, with parts of the Central and Southern Plains and Southwest showing temperatures in the 90s and 90s low to mid 100s.

On the way to the beach?

One of the best parts of the unofficial start to summer is the race to the shores. To help you prepare, FOX Weather takes a look at your weekend beach temperatures from coast to coast.

A persistent low at the upper level could keep weather unsettled in the northeast and mid-Atlantic on Saturday. Scattered rain showers are in the forecast, which could put a damper on some beach plans along the east coast. Highs will be in the 70s in most areas, while lower 80s are expected in parts of the mid-Atlantic.

The Great American Beach Party is a Fort Lauderdale, Florida tradition as the world-famous beach transforms into an entertainment mecca.

Tourists relax on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey.
Many Northeast beaches open for the season on Bank Holiday weekends.
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The free, family-friendly event takes place on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Eastern. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 2pm. Otherwise you can expect mostly sunny skies with a maximum temperature of almost 88 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60%.

Weather permitting, festival-goers can enjoy everything from live music, water slides, vintage cars, art shows and a sand sculpting competition.

Spectators watch as the Breitling Jet Team performs over Jones Beach during the 13th Annual Bethpage Air Show on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY
Jones Beach celebrates its annual Bethpage Air Show in Wantagh, NY
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Heading into Memorial Day weekend

Keep an eye on the skies this weekend as the weather cooperates for the return of the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in New York.

It takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern. The United States Navy Blue Angels, as well as many other artists, will headline the festival.

On Saturday there is a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms under mostly cloudy skies with a maximum temperature of almost 70 degrees. Mostly sunny skies are expected on Sunday with a maximum temperature of almost 71 degrees.

Heavy rain postponed the annual event last year, followed by the pandemic in 2020. More than 300,000 people attended the show in 2019.

Parades are back!

The National Memorial Day Parade returns to Washington’s Constitution Avenue for the first time since 2019. It is the nation’s greatest Memorial Day salute to the men and women who gave their lives for our country.

The parade is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to participate. The two-hour event begins at 2 p.m. Eastern. Sunny skies with a maximum temperature of almost 90 degrees are forecast.

The parade is broadcast nationally by local television stations across the country and through the American Forces Network to U.S. troops serving around the world. Click here for a list of stations and show times.

The Atlantic Ocean beckons on a perfect June day.
This weekend is the Great American Beach Party, a tradition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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The 69th Annual Memorial Day Parade in St. Clair Shores, Michigan begins at 1:00 p.m. East Sunday on Harper Avenue in Ridgeway and heads north to 11 Mile Road. Each year, the parade hosts about 160 participants, making it one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the region. Organizers estimate that around 60,000 people will attend on a sunny day. So get there early if you want a good seat.

A predominantly sunny sky with a maximum temperature of almost 79 degrees is expected until the start of the parade.

Hit the right notes

If you don’t have plans around the Quad Cities on Sunday, the weather is perfect for Engage Keosauqua’s 5th Annual Rollin’ on the River Music Festival. The No Seating, Just Good Food event begins at 11 a.m. CDT at Riverfront Park in Keosauqua, Iowa.

During the day, dry conditions are expected with temperatures warming from the upper 80s to nearly 90 degrees. It will also be airy. There is a lot to do this Memorial Day weekend


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