May 23, 2024 - Travel

Expect a busy Memorial Day travel weekend

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Travelers at San Francisco International Airport last year. Photo: Megan Rose Dickey/Axios

The summer travel season begins in earnest on Friday, so if you're among the millions hitting the road or skies for Memorial Day weekend, plan accordingly.

Driving the news: San Francisco International Airport forecasts about 147,000 passengers to travel through the airport on Friday.

Zoom out: Nationwide, AAA projects 43.8 million people will travel 50 miles or more over Memorial Day weekend.

What they're saying: "We haven't seen Memorial Day weekend travel numbers like these in almost 20 years," Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, said in a press release.

Context: Memorial Day is about more than cookouts, sales and patriotic parades.

  • The federal holiday commemorates military personnel who lost their lives defending the country.

Flashback: Memorial Day was originally called "Decoration Day" and was recognized as early as the 1860s after the Civil War.

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