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Whether you are out and about in Jacksonville or you are planning to travel, here is a guide to make this Memorial Day weekend the best it can be.

THINGS TO DO IN JAX

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is the biggest event happening in town this weekend. An estimated 100,000 people are expected to flood downtown for the four day event.

You can find out all you need to know about parking, music and what to do after the sun goes down here: 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Fest

The 26th annual Blue Crab Fest in downtown Palatka also kicks off Friday and goes through Monday. There will be plenty of blue crabs and seafood. Admission is free and there will be live, free entertainment. Menu items include crab served a million different ways plus shrimp, alligator and catfish and live music.

If baseball is your thing, the Jacksonville Suns are hosting games at Bragan Field Friday - Monday. For more information and tickets visit the Jacksonville Suns website.

TRAVEL TIPS

36 million Americans are expected to travel this weekend. That's well below the number before the recession hit, but up from last year. Most travelers, more than 85 percent, will get to their destinations by car.

Gas prices are steady, at about what they were at this time last year. The national average is $3.65 a gallon and we're just a few cents cheaper here in Jacksonville.

More people are expected to fly this time around-- compared to last year. About 1.6 million people will travel through Atlanta's airport Friday alone. You can check on travel delays on our website HERE.

MEMORIAL WEEKEND GRILL TIP: Beer is your friend

Grill masters, take your position and grab your tools. If you want to keep your cookout healthy -- may include beer.

You may have heard cooking meats at high temperatures creates carcinogenic compounds in the form of char.

A recent study found that marinating meat with beer can cut down on that char build-up.

"Dark beer worked the best, but you could use any beer, lighter beers and non-alcoholic beer worked as well," says Chef Robert Brener.

Fat that drips from meat causes flare-ups -- which can contribute to those carcinogenic chemicals.

Chef Brener recommends leaner cuts of beef.

"My personal favorite is skirt steak, and it's very inexpensive because nobody uses it, but it's really delicious," said Brener.

Expand your memorial day menu beyond burgers and dogs by loading the grill with veggies like asparagus, lettuces and peppers.

And try grilling fruit like peaches and watermelons to intensify their sweetness and add a smoky flavor.

They're all sure-fire ways to get your summer off to a sizzling and healthy start.

WEEKEND WEATHER

Track your weekend weather forecast using the 2 minute advantage in the Weather section of the website. Good news, our team predicts beautiful, hot weather every day with a slight chance of isolated showers.

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