Thousands head to Jones Beach to watch Bethpage Air Show

JONES BEACH (WABC) -- Crowds returned to Jones Beach State Park on Sunday morning to see the action.

Thousands of spectators watched in awe as the Blue Angels zipped through the sky in formation and fighter jets soared overhead.

Onlookers quickly filled the beach.

So many people showed up for Sunday's show, Jones Beach hit capacity before noon.

But before that spectators enjoyed watching the U.S. Navy Blue Angels headline the show for the first time since 2018.

Onlookers arrived early despite the fog and rainy forecast to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer.

"We love to see the Blue Angels, need to get here early to get a good seat," Tom Windish of Connecticut said.

Sunday's portion of the air show will go on as originally scheduled. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. and turns till 3:00 p.m.

"Aviation is a Long Island passion," Rich Kaplan of Massapequa Park said. "It's our history, it's in our blood, it's what we love and the Blue Angels are everything Long Island represents and to see it live is the ultimate experience."

Several parking lots were already full two hours before the Blue Angels took to the skies as onlookers traveled across the Tri-state for the Memorial Day weekend tradition.
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