Some things you should know about Memorial Day in New Hampshire
Zoe Pszenny, 7, a Brownie, walks in the rain with U.S. flags, as Boy Scout Troop 292 replaces worn out veterans flags at Martins Cemetery in Hooksett on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
A last-minute booking at one of 20 state campgrounds was possible but not guaranteed.
And if you want to avoid the worst crowds at Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook, order the seafood plate between 7 and 9 p.m.
The battle over which temperature would be higher - on land or in the ocean at Hampton Beach - ended in a draw Saturday with both in the high-40s. But the air temperature should win out today with the high approaching 60 degrees - or about 15 degrees Celsius for our Canadian friends.
Before the rain stops, people can shop at more than 200 outlet stores around the state - from Adidas (footwear) to Zwilling J.A. Henckels (kitchen gadgets) - centered in Merrimack, Tilton and North Conway.
Rainy weather and out-of-state tourists translate into busier cashiers, he said. And there's a roof to protect shoppers picking through offerings at this weekend's sidewalk sale in Tilton.
More than 500,000 tourists are expected over the weekend, mostly from New York and New England.
For last year's Memorial Day Weekend, 1,219,517 vehicles passed through a toll somewhere in New Hampshire between Friday and Monday - including 279,465 vehicles on the holiday Monday. During that Monday's peak, more than 4,000 vehicles heading south on Interstate 93 went through the Hooksett toll booth each hour between noon and 4 p.m.
For May 26, the mercury hit a record 96 degrees in 2010 in Concord. For May 27, the record high reached 93 degrees in both 1914 and 1944. But it can get colder than this weekend, as well. For May 26, the record low dipped to 28 degrees in 1956 while May 27, 1969, saw a record low of 24.
"I know we've had some cancellations and we saw some people booking when they saw cancellations," Bassett said of state campground sites. Rates range from $23 to $50 a night, with $25 the average.
Hot and sunny weather means "we will do well for tequila for your margaritas," said Mark Roy, spirits marketing specialist at the State Liquor Commission. "I'm thinking this weekend we'll probably see a pretty big spike in vodka and rum."
The commission also regulates about 3,000 places to purchase beer in New Hampshire, including 1,200 locations to buy a six-pack to go.
B.J. "Doc" Noel, president of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, said private parking lots get $5 to $10 at Hampton Beach, sometimes more during warm weather days. Parking at the meters remains the same at $2 per hour.
Hotel bookings were solid and whether people cancel will depend partly on the individual policy of the establishment, he said. Bad weather will drive people to go shopping.
"We usually do pretty well on Memorial Day regardless of the weather," said Kaleb Brown, the owner's grandson. "Whenever it's sunny and warm, we do better down here."
Closing the season in style