By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Families and friends across the southland are gathering this Memorial Day weekend since COVID-19 restrictions have finally been loosened.

With the unofficial start to summer kicking off this weekend, residents greet perfect weather for outings on the lake and throwing some food on the grill, especially since last year gatherings like this weren’t possible.

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“High school graduations and college graduations and just good old family get-togethers. It’s way past due,” John McLaurin told CBSLA’s Rick Montanez.

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The SoCal favorite Raging Waters has reopened.

“It feels good. I’ve been home for a while. It feels good to socialize and all that,” Jesus Gonzalez, who was enjoying the park, told CBSLA.

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The American Automobile Association is predicting 3 million drivers will be hitting the road this weekend.