Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, but with the gloomy weather on Monday, it hasn't been the one vacationers and local businesses were hoping for.
The parade in Mystic wasn't canceled on Monday, which was the silver lining to a gray day.
"I was looking forward to checking out the nice scenery," said Chloe Turner, a visitor.
"I was looking forward to seeing nature and all the animals," Lucien Turner said.
Chloe and Lucien were visiting Connecticut from New York before they headed back to Boston. Their intentions were to make a day trip to Mystic for a warm, sunny day.
"The weather is a little foggy, so we're not looking to go into town," said Brad Turner.
"Especially on Memorial Day wen you want to go out and have a barbecue and chill out on the coast," said Emmanuel Turner.
Monday's off and on showers and constant cloud cover didn't make for a picturesque near-summer day. The Stone family still enjoyed their day though.
"It's a very quaint town and we've had a lot of fun," said Lauren Stone, visiting from New Jersey.
All of the vacationers funnel into Mystic's economy. The Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream use Memorial Day as a gauge for the rest of the season.
"It's definitely slower than other Memorial Days that I've been here for," said Maggie Adams, manager of Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream.
There were still steady lines, which makes this a worth weekend.
"We're still pretty busy even though the weather is not as nice as it should be," Adams said.
The ice cream shop is hoping for a sampling of summer soon because in two weeks Mystic puts all of its eateries on display for the annual Taste of Mystic.
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