GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new survey finds many Americans plan to celebrate the 4th of July with a weekend getaway and businesses in Franklin County are hoping that means more revenue for them.
AAA projects 42-millions Americans will travel 50 or more miles from their homes this weekend. That breaks down to about one million people traveling in Massachusetts. The last time we saw this many people on the road for Independence Day was back in 2007.
While many businesses will be closed this Saturday, the Brass Buckle in Greenfield will keep their doors open. “It might be a lot of people from out of town. People who haven’t seen our food before who might really enjoy to try it, you know. It’s some really good food,” said Caitlin Lowry of the Brass Buckle.
Greenfield Games, right up the block from the Brass Buckle, is also hoping to see more customers this weekend. “That’s good! I mean, there’s always people passing through town and always people filling up the streets everyday, so, certainly on any holiday weekend that’s a big plus,” said Seth Lustig, one of the owners of Greenfield Games.
Increasing income and a lower unemployment rate are believed to be major factors in more people deciding to travel this holiday. Welcome news for drivers, gas prices this weekend are expected to be the lowest they’ve been for a 4th of July in five years.