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Sep 4, 2015 5:54 PM

Nearly 600,000 expected to visit NH for holiday weekend


Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the Granite State over the Labor Day weekend, with projected spending in the tens of millions of dollars.

Both Interstates 93 and 95 were packed throughout the day on Friday.

“It’s been okay. There are a couple of slow spots, but for the most part it’s been okay," said Kevin Keener, who was driving his motorcycle throughout the congestion in Seabrook.

About 590,000 people are expected to visit the state over the next three days according to a report by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies. That's 5 percent more than last year.

The guests will also spend about $84 million while spending time in the state, INHS said.

Increased consumer spending and decreased gas prices are the leading factors for the increase in visitors, according to the report.

Weather is also a contributing factor. NH1 News meteorologists are predicting temperatures in the 80s and sun through Sunday. Temperatures could hit 90 on Monday.

It's a good sign that the extended weekend will be one of the busiest of the season.

“Yeah, that’s kind of like the last hoorah," said Patty Plecinoga.


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