FL - Tourism officials say 4th July Weekend was one of the largest we've seen

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) -Thousands flocked to our area to celebrate the Fourth of July and some say the holiday weekend was one of the largest turnouts they’ve ever seen, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

“Fourth of July was huge to our local economy. We are taking such a hit in the spring from the closures. Our economy very much needed a strong weekend,” said Bay County Chamber of Commerce President Carol Roberts.

Lacee Rudd with Visit Panama City Beach said many local hotels, motels and other short term vacation rentals on the beach were packed.

“We’ve heard from our accommodation partners and industry partners in the area that this weekend was full, our occupancy rates were high,” said Visit Panama City Beach Public Relations Manager Lacee Rudd.

Many visitors stayed in the Panama City area as well.

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