Cape Cod tourists return ahead of Fourth of July weekend

Cape Cod tourists return ahead of Fourth of July weekend

HYANNIS, Mass. — Tourism surged in many Cape Cod communities Friday ahead of what’s projected to be a busy July 4th weekend.

For many small business owners who were disappointed by a slow Memorial Day weekend, the increase in travelers came as a relief.

“So far it’s been okay. Not like last year but we’re getting there,” said Maria Reed, manager of Kandy Korner on Main Street in Hyannis.

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Reed told Boston 25 News that she started seeing more tourists come through her candy shop toward the beginning of the week, into Friday afternoon.

“It’s been steady this morning. I’ve seen a lot of people from different places,” said Reed.

Michael Sergi was a shopper in her store, visiting from Connecticut.

He said that this was the first vacation he’s taken since the start of the pandemic, and since he and his family recovered from COVID-19.

“I got it from a patient in a hospital, I’m a doctor and these guys unfortunately got it from me,” said Sergi, pointing to his children. “But everybody did great we’re just happy to get back to vacation time.”

Although Main Street was not as busy as years past, it was buzzing with tourists by mid-afternoon.

“There’s more people here out today than I’ve seen all week,” said Lori Palmer, a tourist from the Berkshires.

Even with overcast weather, many beaches did fill up at reduced capacity as visitors were asked to remain 12 feet apart.

Several people said they were making the most of the holiday weekend, although cancelled parades and firework shows were a bit of a disappointment.

“I used to rent a place down in Sandwich right on the water,” said Dave Valday. “A cottage. And you could see fireworks from P-town right up to Boston almost from there, it was gorgeous. Going to miss that.”