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Crowds return to Ocean City for Memorial Day despite rainy weather

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OCEAN CITY, Md. — Overcast skies, cool temperatures and showers didn’t dampen the spirit of business owners and tourists on the Ocean City Boardwalk during Memorial Day weekend.

After more than a year of dealing with COVID-19, Americans were eager to head to the beach and feel a sense of normalcy after such an abnormal period that meant missing so many summer favorite things to do.

Businesses in Ocean City reported seeing large crowds in town throughout the week leading into the holiday weekend.

For the first time in more than a year the Ocean City Boardwalk was packed with largely maskless Americans enjoying themselves.

Some visitors were lounging out on the beach, despite the overcast skies. Others were feeding the seagulls, indulging in some Fisher’s Popcorn, Thrasher’s French fries or other seasonal treats, and embracing a more normal start to summer after more than a year of lockdown and restrictions.

The crowds during Memorial Day weekend were a welcome sight, said Les Morris, general manager at Thrasher’s French Fries.

Americans lay out on the Ocean City beach on May 28, 2021 during Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s been a couple years since we’ve had crowds come in like this with the whole pandemic,” Morris said.

Getting back to pre-pandemic times has been a bit of an adjustment for Morris and his staff, but it feels like the region is finally getting back to normal, he said.

Some tourists waiting in the line to get Thrasher’s fries still could be seen wearing masks, and Morris said he welcomes any staff member who wants to wear a face covering. He still makes them available to his team if they ask for one, he said.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service