'Worst I have ever seen': Packed roadways, beaches ahead of holiday weekend
HAMPTON - The Granite State is projected to have more than 900,000 visitors pass through, spending nearly $140 million, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
At Hampton Beach, business owners also expect it to be a full house.
“You won’t see any empty sand tomorrow," said Kevin Brown, who owns the Sea Ketch restaurant on Ocean Boulevard.
The 4th is considered the busiest day of the year at the state’s main hot-spot.
“It’s been kind of a cold and damp spring, so having Fourth of July with perfect weather – which we have down here now – is going to be a big boost of the economy at Hampton Beach," explained John Kane, a member of the Hampton Beach Village District.
The buzzing beach day brings in millions of dollars to the town and the state, as more than 100,000 people typically pack the boulevard on Route 1A.
But getting there might be tough - roadways were full, with bumper-to-bumper on I-95 northbound on Friday afternoon.
“Once they do get here, the nice part about it is that they just park their car and everything is within walking distance," Kane said.
Among everything to attend is a number of restaurants.
Brown said that at Sea Ketch, he employs more than 150 people on the big holiday - and hundreds of pounds of haddock, lobsters and steamers are ordered.
Next door, at the Pelham Motel, it's a full house as well.
“We are as full as we can be," said owner Chuck Rage. “Fourth of July on a Saturday means there’s going to be a lot of people.”
All 60 rooms had been booked for at least 4 days, Rage said.
While the streets may be crowded, Kane said it will all be worth it on Saturday night at the Sea Shell Stage when a "double" fireworks show is lit off.
“Stay tuned for the end," Kane said. "Because the end is not going to be what you seem to think it is going to be.”