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First State beaches enjoy strong 4th of July business

Delaware Public Media

The July 4th holiday weekend was a good one for businesses at Delaware’s beaches

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Carol Everhart called it a “spectacular” weekend for business.

Everhart says one area they have numbers on is an indicator of just how well things went.

“We had in accommodations alone – hotel/motel – Rehoboth hit the highest mark with 97 percent full occupancy. Dewey [hit] 95 percent occupancy and Route 1 93 percent," said Everhart. "So that’s about as good as it gets.”

The Rehoboth Beach–Dewey Beach Chamber considers occupancy percentages in the high 80s to low 90s to be very successful for a holiday weekend.

Everhart adds that her office estimates about 300,00o people were in the Rehoboth-Dewey area over the weekend – with day trippers accounting for half of that number. 

She says that good considering forecasts that included rain and thunderstorms.

“The weather forecast was a bit ominous, [but] the weather held off for the most part and they came – and they had a good time,” said Everhart.

Everhart says the number of visitors that made their way to Rehoboth and Dewey translates to about 45 million dollars in spending in those areas.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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