Mother Nature gave New Hampshire four days of gorgeous weather this past weekend and residents and travelers took full advantage of it. Traffic through the tolls was up 9.1 percent over last year's July 4th weekend and traffic on average for Friday through Monday was up 7.5 percent.
"We have heard from properties around the state and it's looking like [it was] the best holiday weekend in years for many people," said Tai Freligh, communications manager for the NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development in Concord. "Campgrounds were full, beaches and lakes were busy and our state parks were bustling with activity. Pawtuckaway State Park had to be closed for the first time in years because it was full."
Amy Bassett, spokesperson for the NH Division of Parks & Recreation, said, "The holiday weekend was a busy one in State Parks. All locations hosted near capacity visitors whether it was a campground, beach or day-use area."
B.J. "Doc" Noel, president of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, said, "This is the best 4th of July weekend that any of us can recall. The weather was in the high 80s here, the hotels were full, the restaurants were booming with business and we had the biggest fireworks show of the season. Well over 150,000 people at Hampton Beach. It could not be any better and looks as though it will continue through the week."