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07/05/04

Tourism Gets Post-Fourth Bang

The fourth of July was over. But Leon Harris, his wife and his daughter had no plans to end their holiday. "Because we've got the day off still," the Indianapolis man said.

Because the fourth fell on Sunday, the government made July 5th the official Independence Day holiday this year. But the extra day off didn't pack the same punch as Sunday's celebrations. "Fourth of July was kind of crowded, people everywhere," Harris remembered. "So we took today to come out and enjoy. We're not crowded, and we're not pushed. Everybody isn't everywhere. So you get time to relax."

A few feet away, Lee and Becca Bingham celebrated three days of wedded bliss. The Idaho couple got married in Utah. The quickly stopped in Las Vegas, before flying to New Orleans, and driving to Biloxi.

This was Mr. Bingham's first water adventure. "Hopefully he liked it," his wife smiled. Bingham smiled right back at her and said, "I liked the beach."

The Idaho honeymooners will always remember their first fight -- a sand battle on the fifth of July in Biloxi, Mississippi. Lee Bingham won. "Yes he did," his wife laughed. "He got me worse."

As you might guess, the Fourth of July weekend made quite a splash on the Binghams -- and on most area tourist attractions. But for some of those businesses that count on visitors, the extra fifth of July celebration was more like a dud than a bang. One beach vendor said the fifth of July didn't produce a business rush. "If it was on a Friday or Thursday, toward the end of the week, there would be a lot more people," he said.

Instead, the day after the fourth kept a handful of families like the Harris' around for one more day of star spangled fun. "I like this," Leon Harris said. "We're not crowded, the beach isn't crowded."

by Brad Kessie

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