Panama City Beach Prepares for the Fourth of July

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Nicholas White and his friends have been coming to Panama City Beach for years. They, like thousands of others, will be looking to enjoy all the area has to offer for the Fourth of July.

According to AAA, a record-breaking 2.6 million Floridians will travel this Independence Day. (lorenz.markus97/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

"Our hotel partners have told us that they are at full capacity for this week and weekend," said Visit Panama City Beach Public Relations Manager Lacee Rudd.

According to AAA, a record-breaking 2.6 million Floridians will travel this Independence Day, and nearly 49 million Americans will travel, an increase of two million from last year. One possible reason for the boom in visitors to the world's most beautiful beaches is an increase in news coverage from Hurricane Michael.

"It used to be our beaches were a well-kept secret," said Richard McConnell, Deputy Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. "Now I think the word is out."

While recovery efforts are still ongoing in much of Bay County, Panama City Beach remains open for business.

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