Wrightsville Beach prepares for holiday crowds


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Summer is now in full swing. And with the 4th of July just a few days away, vacationers are arriving at area beaches. But will the holiday falling in the middle of the week affect business?

It’s no secret that North Carolina has some beautiful beaches.

“We don’t need to go to the Caribbean, you have the beautiful water that’s warm and transparent, and absolutely gorgeous,” said one visitor.

“It’s a great beach and we love it here,” said another.

As the holiday approaches, crowds of people are arriving at area beaches.
Recent car accidents and power outages on Wrightsville Beach couldn’t keep vacationers away.

“This weekend has been pretty steady. We still have a lot of people coming into the beach,” said bartender Brandon Wicklund.

Wicklund, who has bartended at King Neptune Restaurant for five years, knows how hectic things can get around Independence Day.

“It can get overwhelming at times, ice machines don’t want to keep up with ice, it’s hot,” said Wicklund.

Kristin Jones, director of guest services at the Blockade Runner hotel, says the holiday falling in the middle of the week created concerns that the island could see less business.

“At first I was a little nervous, but actually it’s been great. We’ve got quite a few guests that decided to have a longer length of stay, not just spending the weekend. They’re here for three, four, even five nights, so it’s been really nice getting that at the beginning of the week and the end of the week,” said Jones.

If you’re planning to hit area restaurants during the holiday week, Wicklund says to just expect a little extra wait time.

“As long as everybody’s happy, customers are patient, they’ll get good food and good service every time,” said Wicklund.

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