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Crowds flock to Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend, marking big return to travel

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Posted at 3:42 PM, May 31, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — People didn't let the heat get them down over the holiday weekend as Las Vegas was filled with crowded pools, a busy Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street packed with visitors.

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We asked tourists if the city is starting to feel like "Vegas" again.

John from Minnesota said, "It’s starting to. It’s starting to."

While the city has been open to visitors, many things had still been closed or had COVID-19 protocols in place up to this point.

Memorial Day marks the first big holiday where many of those restrictions have been dropped.

"This is the first time it’s opening after COVID-19 and we are all excited. Las Vegas is awesome! It’s lots of fun and we are enjoying the long weekend," said Mira from Chicago.

Locals and tourists alike are taking advantage of the Las Vegas sun and no mask, for those fully vaccinated. Businesses say they have seen a significant uptick this weekend.

"Even during the day it’s usually slower on weekends but this weekend was packed," Chippendale promotion employee on Fremont Street John told us.

What are you anticipating after June 1?

"I think it’s going to be pretty much similar but now that it’s 100% occupancy I think there is going to be a lot more people. We’re very happy," said John.

Memorial Day crowds

People celebrated weddings, birthdays, and more as the city starts to return to "normal."

"We decided to come to Vegas because I’ve never been here before. I’ve always gone to Atlantic City and I really wanted to come to Vegas for the big 30 and to celebrate it memorial day weekend. I came here with my friends and family and we are all excited to be here," said Nicole from New Jersey, who is here to celebrate her birthday.

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