Several small businesses in Emerald Isle say the Fourth of July is the busiest holiday weekend of the year, and they're happy about the 4-day holiday weekend bringing an economic boost to the Crystal Coast.
Emerald Isle Beach Gear and Linens rented out 46 of their 48 umbrellas by Thursday afternoon. The store was out of beach chairs and only had two bikes left.
"This past weekend and this coming up weekend we have been booked out of everything. Our guys have been working from 7:30 in the morning until 8, 9 at night. Last weekend I worked a 12 hour day. It's been really crazy and busy but we love it," said Kelly Tolman with Beach Gear and Linens.