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Tourism expectations high for Fourth of July weekend

The Fourth of July is one of the big three summer holidays on the Coast, preceded by Memorial Day and followed by Labor Day. (Photo source: WLOX) The Fourth of July is one of the big three summer holidays on the Coast, preceded by Memorial Day and followed by Labor Day. (Photo source: WLOX)
At the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, new exhibits have been erected in anticipation of big crowds. (Photo source: WLOX) At the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, new exhibits have been erected in anticipation of big crowds. (Photo source: WLOX)
About 40 people were onboard the Biloxi shrimping tour this morning and the captain, Mike Moore, says he expects to see the same this weekend. (Photo source: WLOX) About 40 people were onboard the Biloxi shrimping tour this morning and the captain, Mike Moore, says he expects to see the same this weekend. (Photo source: WLOX)
The long Fourth of July holiday weekend is fast approaching. (Photo source: WLOX) The long Fourth of July holiday weekend is fast approaching. (Photo source: WLOX)
Those in the tourism industry are keeping their fingers crossed it will be a profitable one. (Photo source: WLOX) Those in the tourism industry are keeping their fingers crossed it will be a profitable one. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

At the Grand Magnolia Bed and Breakfast in Pascagoula, the inn is full for this weekend, unlike last year. The booking computer is proof of that. Amy Chenoweth is the manager.

“It's looking good. We've got guests coming in from North Mississippi of course, and then all the way from Texas, Louisiana and some coming in from Tennessee as well for the Fourth of July celebration,” Chenoweth said.

The holiday is good for those who play music for a living, like members of the Lindsay Cardinale Band. She's a veteran of American Idol, and her band is booked solid. Stafond Seago is a member.

“It's huge for us. I mean that everybody is on the Coast who flocks to the Coast for the Fourth of July, the fireworks, the music, the entertainment. That's what we're here for,” Seago said.

The Walter Anderson Museum is also here for visitors. Large crowds, like the one today, will be just fine for director Rosemary Roosa.

“We have high expectations for a great Fourth of July weekend. We do not close for the holiday. We're open seven days a week, and we just put up a new exhibit called Feathers and Fins, which is a history of Walter throughout many years,” Roosa explained.

Beach vendors also have high expectations. One of them is Tyler Middleton.

“We're going to be expecting a lot more customers. Tons of skis and tons of chairs. We plan on renting all 40 chairs out and all the picnic tables and we'll stay steady with the skis all day long,” Middleton said.

The inquiring phone calls asking about what we have to offer here on the Coast are great. The hotel, motel check-ins are even better. But, only one thing really ensures a successful, long holiday weekend, and that is Mother Nature.

Mike Moore is the captain of the Biloxi Shrimping Tour:

“People make their plans a couple of days ahead of time, and at the end of the day, they may go do something indoors instead of doing something outdoors, so we're hoping for some sunny skies,” said Moore.

Sunny skies and a boat full of tourists.

On the topic of weather, the WLOX 24/7 Weather Team says things are looking pretty good, with only a slight chance of showers for the weekend. You can stay up to date with any changes by downloading the WLOX Weather App to your smart phone or tablet.

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