MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Memorial Day weekend is here and that means the crowds are descending upon Miami Beach in huge numbers and many of them are taking part in the National Salute To America’s Heroes, high above the skies of South Beach.
The event’s website proudly proclaims the event as an “impressive aerial show of America’s military might”.READ MORE: Small But Ferocious Hurricane Sam Strengthens Some More
This year’s show includes a display by the elite U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels. The military-themed bash will also feature a U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute jump, Stealth Bombers, Lancer Bombers, HH60 Helicopters, Fighting Falcons, a motocross demo and a fireworks finale.
The sea events, which include offshore powerboat racing and extreme watersports demos, take place each day from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., when the air events begin and run until 4:30 p.m.
There’s a ‘Music Explosion’ concert on Sunday, after the air events end. The concert starts at 4:30 p.m. with performances by Young Musicians Unite, and the U.S. Army Marching Band and U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team and Max Impact Band. The featured headliner is Miami native Flo Rida at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are available for $45 as a Hyundai Air & Sea Show and Music Explosion ticket combo, or $25 for the Music Explosion only. They can be purchased at www.USAsalute.com.
This event is free and open to the public, with the best viewing area is the beach between 10th and 14th Streets.
The Air and Sea Show isn’t the only high profile event on the beach this weekend.
There’s also the unofficial, loosely organized Urban Beach Week, which draws thousands of people to its hip-hop concerts, parties and events.
This Memorial Day weekend will be the first test case since the city passed new restrictions in the wake of a wild and raucous Spring Break and crippling traffic.READ MORE: Lines Of Mourners Pay Their Respects Sunday For Gabby Petito
They include rules to keep promoters from holding events at South Beach bars and clubs during peak tourism periods, which city officials hope will prevent unauthorized events from attracting large crowds.
The commission also increased penalties for bars and clubs that allow people under the age of 21 to enter and gave the city manager new emergency powers that he can use when thousands of people pour into South Beach. The rules are limited to the South Beach entertainment district.
To help with the crowds all weekend long, there will officers at every intersection.
Ocean Drive is shut down to cars, and only open for pedestrian traffic.
MacArthur Causeway will have one Eastbound lane open and the Julia Tuttle will have two. They will be using license plate readers in the search for stolen vehicles and wanted suspects.
Due to the large crowd, this is considered a high impact period on Miami Beach, which means some rules are different including no tables, coolers, floats or tents on the beach.
More than 400 Miami Beach police officers will be working 13 hour shifts and they’ll get help from nearby police departments as well.
Ocean Drive will reopen to cars early Tuesday morning.
Friday night and Saturday night, residents and business owners in South Beach need to show proof they live and work here to access neighborhoods and certain streets.
To the north, Fort Lauderdale is hosting the Great American Beach Party this weekend featuring plenty of live music, vintage cars, unique art, and outstanding entertainment.
It’s free and happening Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Fort Lauderdale Beach.MORE NEWS: Blue Alert Issued Out Of North Florida County For Patrick McDowell, Accused Of Murdering Deputy During Traffic Stop