Memorial Day wrap: Obstructed roads, two celebrations mark Gulf Coast vacations | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – In March, President Joe Biden told Americans they might be able to come together in small groups by July 4 if they followed COVID-19 guidelines.
Judging by Memorial Day on my Monday, Alabama is way ahead of this goal.
Large crowds gathered throughout the moving area, and barely a mask could be seen. While this marked a return to normal, so did traffic. On Monday night, interstate highways intersecting in Mobile looked like any Monday night. But that was a different story earlier today, as people taking advantage of the good weather and an extra day off clogged highways on their way back to the beach and other destinations.
“It’s crowded, like a lot of traffic today,” said Abby Alcantara, who was stopping to refuel in Mobile on her way back to Opelika after a trip to New Orleans.
Alcantara said it wasn’t just the increase in traffic.
“On my way here, there were three car accidents,” she said. “My trip was therefore delayed. … I feel like coming home will take me a long way.
By the time Dennis Williams ventured out this afternoon, the traffic on the freeways had cleared up. The Mobile resident said it was a different story for those close to him coming from out of town.
“They’re from Dallas,” he says. “They encountered traffic before us. Quite heavy, they told us. You know, but they arrived safe and sound. It was the main thing. “
For people who didn’t want to fight this trafficking, there were local options. Families enjoyed the day at Langan Park. And some of them had a double celebration.
Those close to Devin Manigault weren’t just honoring Memorial Day. They were also celebrating his graduation from St. Paul’s Episcopal School. He helped lead the team to the 5A State Football Championship in December and will soon head to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He will play football but added that he also plans to study civil engineering.
“I’ve been thinking about civil engineering since college,” he says. “You know, I had a robotics class and stuff like that. I didn’t want to get into IT. So I just thought civil engineering would be the way to go.
For Yvonne Wright, Memorial Day doubled its 83rd birthday party. The family has been doing this since 2011.
“Everyone here is related in one way or another,” she says.
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