Vernell Berry and Barbara Ballard sat in the shade relaxing at Sweet Home Alabama Campground and RV Park in Andalusia, Ala., on Wednesday afternoon (May 20), the Andalusia Star-News reported.

Before long, the peace and quiet won’t be quite as peaceful, as a flock of RVs will make their way to that campground and others in the area, all of which are booked solid for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

“We’re here because it’s a holiday,” Berry said.

“It’s close to home and we like the park ranger (Thom Watson),” Ballard said.

Memorial Day, which will be on Monday, is a day to remember those who died during active military service. The holiday is usually observed on the last Monday in May. But it also is the unofficial beginning of summertime travels.

Don Mathis, manager of the new Cypress Landing RV Park and Campground in Gantt, said in addition to this weekend, he expects the July 4 holiday to be busy as well.

“I think July 4 is one of the biggest holidays as far as camping there is,” Mathis said. “That’s when families take vacation and things of that nature. Of course, Labor Day is the day for the last hoorah. That’s big, too.”

Cypress Landing co-owner Clifton Hall said he does have a few spots open for those who are looking to set up their RVs.

Hall said the campground recently added two cabins to its property.

Watson said in advance of the weekend at Sweet Home Alabama RV Park, “it’s been about two weeks since we’ve been booked solid. I thought that with school getting out this week and next week, that that might mess things up from our side, but it didn’t.”

Watson said he hopes the school systems go back to last year’s schedule, where school ends before the Memorial Day holiday. Locally, Andalusia and Opp classes are ending this week, but county schools will complete the school year next week.