what happens when july 4th is on a wednesday ?
For the first time in five years Independence Day falls on a Wednesday, leaving travelers unsure when to celebrate and worrying those who make a living off tourists.
“The midweek holiday seems to have travelers confused,” said Anthony Del Gaudio, vice president of hotel sales for Loews Hotels, which isn’t seeing the normal July Fourth spike in bookings.
Those who sell vacations say this year’s calendar gives Americans more options: Tack on Saturday through Tuesday or Thursday through Sunday to the holiday, or just take the entire week off.
But consumers’ confidence has been waning. Now, some aren’t happy about having to burn an extra vacation day or two to get that long weekend. From 2016 through 2017, the work holiday fell on either Friday or Monday, so employees and their families got an automatic three-day weekend, similar to Memorial Day and Labor Day.
“It’s irritating because everybody wants those three, four-day holiday weekends,” said Tom Donohue, who runs an HIV awareness program based in Charlottesville, Va.
In recent years, he’s traveled to see family in Pennsylvania, including his father whose birthday is on July 2. There’s swimming and boating on the Susquehanna River and — of course — fireworks.