Alabama beaches crowded for July 4th vacation
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama (WKRG) – As we prepare to step into another vacation weekend, it looks like if you just want to relax or get ready for Tokyo, Alabama’s beaches are the place to be. .
“It’s a good time to relax here,” says Eli Anderson, who is on vacation with his family in Illinois. “Not too busy right before the kids go back to school.”
Occupancy rates for beach rental properties are close to 100 percent for the July 4 weekend, according to tourism officials.
For retailers like Lynn Smith at Tallulah, that’s a good thing. “The traffic is heavy. Our foot traffic in the store is excellent, I can’t ask for more than that.
Although it’s the beaches that draw people here, “We swim in the waves and build our sand castle,” says 6-year-old Aviana Anderson. There are other things that keep them coming back. “The food,” says Carolyn Whisenhunt of Birmingham. “We love restaurants and have a lot of friends here, so we love this neighborhood.”
The July 4th weekend is one of the most important of the season for Alabama’s coastal communities, and this year could be one for the record books.
“Stay safe, have fun, bring your umbrella and shop,” Smith said.