Travelers Head North Early For Holiday Weekend

According to AAA, more than 40 million Americans are expected to travel for the fourth of July and many are making northern Michigan their destination of choice.

For the past five years, Lesa Brown and her family have gone camping at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac.

“We just needed to have a little getaway and spend some quality family time together,” said Brown. “We came up and decided to spend 10 days at Mitchell.”

She said she likes to start their vacation before the fourth of July weekend traffic starts rolling in.

“It’s relaxing when you’re away from the internet and from work,” said Brown.

Hotels and businesses in northern Michigan said they have already seen a spike in sales as people arrive early for the holiday weekend.

“We’ve had a few people checking in Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Phil Himes, McGuire’s Resort General Manager. “We have had a few come in last night that are here with their families.”

Himes said the great weather has brought in guests earlier than previous years.

“For us it’s the kick off of the season especially with Memorial Day being cool,” said Himes.

And local fishing shops said they’ve seen already seen a 10-percent boost in sales as people are heading north for the fourth.

“Sales were pretty good this past weekend and I think they were up a little bit especially since there were a few more people around,” said Jim Anderson, Schafer’s Sports Manager.

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