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Two million visitors expected in Boston for 4th of July weekend

BOSTON, Mass. — Boston business leaders expect an estimated two million visitors will be coming to the city through the Fourth of July holiday.

It’s the biggest crowds the city has seen in years for Independence Day since most large events were cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau is anticipating a boost that will infuse millions of dollars into the local economy.

Many hotels across the city are approaching capacity, and businesses are starting to see the crowds show up to spend money.

“We’re seeing every day it’s climbing a little bit higher and a little bit higher,” said Chris Crompton, General Manager with Old Town Trolley Tours. “This is the year of pent up demand.”

The Downtown Boston Improvement District predicts big attendance through Monday for activities that stretch Boston’s waterfront through downtown.

In addition to Monday’s big show on the Charles River Esplanade, Boston Harborfest features dozens of events across the city all weekend long.

“Boston stands out for July 4th because this is where it happened. This is where it started. We always say that we did all the fighting, and they signed the papers in Philadelphia,” said George Comeau with the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.

The President and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau told Boston 25 News that the financial recovery for Boston’s tourism and hospitality industry really just started back in April.

“Having really strong summer months is going to help make up for a soft first quarter here in Boston. The hotels need that,” said Martha Sheridan with the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Sheridan said June was one of the best months the city has seen in recent memory from a hotel perspective.

Business leaders are hopeful that the strong trend will continue through October to help make up for lost revenue.

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