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LAKE GEORGE – The interest in coming to visit this region for the weekend of July 4th is “over the top,” said Gina Mintzer, president of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce.

As she looked out the window on Thursday, Mintzer saw a flood of campers and people with kayaks and canoes on their rooftops.

With the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lifted, people are excited to be on the road, she said.

“People are ready to be here. It’s really exciting, ”she said.

The hotels are booked, she said. People are extending vacations to full vacations, she said. Checking Expedia, there are no vacancies until July 15, she said.

It’s not just Lake George that draws the crowds – people are interested in visiting places all over the county.

In addition to traditional fireworks displays, Mintzer said historical tourism is important in places like Fort William Henry.

Laura Lau from Brooklyn said she and her friend came to the area to camp on Turtle Island and visit Fort William Henry.

“We visited all the forts,” she said.

Mintzer said she sees more people from western New York, southern New York, the Boston area, New England and even Florida.

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