CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire tourism officials are estimating they will see about 13.6 million out-of-state visitors this summer who will spend about $1.9 billion.
The Institute for New Hampshire Studies says that represents about a 1 percent increase in population and 2 percent increase in spending from last year.
The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development says summer accounts for 40 percent of visitation and spending to New Hampshire. Most of the visitors for the summer will be from New England, the Middle Atlantic states and eastern Canada.
"The Fourth of July is our most popular holiday and helps kick off the busiest part of the summer season in New Hampshire," said Lori Harnois, director of the division.
She said 860,000 visitors are expected to come for the long holiday weekend and spend about $128 million.
Some of the attractions in the White Mountains area, one of the more popular destinations, have added special events to their daily schedules for the Fourth of July.
For example, on Friday, the Mount Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch is offering three-hour Adventure Photography tours. They are led by photographer Ernie Mills on the slopes and summit of Mt. Washington as well as other picturesque spots in the notch at sunrise, sunset and mid-day.
The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln is celebrating the Fourth of July with a Family Party Train departing Hobo Junction Station at 7 p.m. Thursday.