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Fourth of July Brings one of the Best Weekends for Rehoboth Beach Businesses

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- As another Fourth of July weekend comes to a close, several businesses downtown reflect on what is usually one of the busiest weekends of the year. Some say the crowds were thinner this year.

Stars and stripes still hang from the bandstand as visitors squeeze in one last beach day and grab another bite of their favorite beach snack for the road. 

The Motycki's have vacationed in Rehoboth Beach for 28 years now, but they got stuck in traffic and missed Wednesday night's fireworks. Susan Motycki says they love the beach so much that they come every summer. "We're from the Pittsburgh area. We came in on Wednesday," she says. 

While some locals avoid the area during the holiday weekend, Scott and Alicia Carey made it downtown for the fireworks. They did wait until the crowds thinned on Sunday to take their dogs, Sophia and Sadie out for their first walk on the boardwalk. 

Alicia Carey notes that the holiday weekend usually creates wall-to-wall people. "Thankfully we can walk or ride our bikes," she says. 

Many businesses say that all of the traffic heading north on Route 1 is representative of all of the foot traffic that came through their doors this weekend.

Lily Smith, who has been working at Rehoboth Toy & Kite for three years says the sidewalks were packed going both directions and that this weekend was busier than last year's Fourth of July. "It's a good vacation place. No tax. You've got the outlets and downtown Rehoboth," she says.

Bike to Go employee Max Spradlin says normally on Fourth of July, all of the bikes are rented out. "Last year I was here too. The bikes were just completely gone," he says. "This year we had a couple bikes that were still here."

"It wasn't as crowded as I expected it to be," says Alicia Carey

Scott Carey agrees. "It was pretty tame this year."

It was still busy enough for many businesses, like Bike to Go, to be happy with the turnout. "Overall I think it was still a very successful week, probably our best week of the year," says Spradlin. 

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