Big crowds expected in NH for Fourth of July holiday





MEREDITH, NH — Tourism officials are predicting big crowds in New Hampshire as the state's busiest travel period begins.

According to the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development, more than 1 million out-of-state visitors are expected over the Fourth of July holiday period, which runs from June 29 to July 8.

The tourists are expected to spend about $155 million.

The parking lot at Clark's Trading Post was full Monday. Workers said they have seen a steady flow of visitors looking to check out the theme park's water slide, steam engine and bear shows.

"We have been having a phenomenal season," said Anne Englert of Clark's Trading Post. "Attendance is good, and sales are strong."

Clark's is not the only popular tourist spot that is bound to get busy this week. Sue Smith, owner of Cottage Place on Squam Lake, said the tourist traffic has been nonstop.

"We are so busy," she said. "We just came off of two wedding groups, one on June 23 and one on June 30, and now, we're heading right straight into the holiday week."

Smith said she hopes the momentum continues throughout the summer. And it might. State tourism officials said they expect a record-breaking 2018 summer travel season., with 3.4 million visitors predicted to spend $1.8 billion.