Tubers enjoy Memorial Day at Salt River

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The Memorial Day cool-down will make it nicer for those spending Monday out on the water and one hot spot is the Salt River where thousands are expected to grab a tube and take in the day.

According to those who work at the river, if you're not early, you may not get a tube.

Many call tubing the Salt River a picnic on the water. It's slow moving and the scenery is beautiful. Along with that, there's usually a bit of drinking involved, as well.

Alcohol is allowed, of course you still have to be at least 21 and you can't have any glass containers. Security workers search your things to make sure.

Even though most people look at tubing as a floating party, officials say this is a family-friendly event. Kids have to be at least 8 years old and 4 feet tall and it's recommended they wear life jackets.

Adults who can't swim or can't swim well also are advised to wear life jackets.

You don't need a tube to enjoy the water. Plenty of people show up to enjoy the shoreline.

Because it's Memorial Day weekend, DUI checkpoints have been set up all across the Valley, including one near Power and Thomas roads in Mesa.