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Minocqua gets ready for tourists for Fourth of July weekend

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MINOCQUA (WAOW) - Minocqua is getting ready for big fireworks and even bigger crowds for the Fourth of July. Some people call it the official start of summer.

In a few days, the Minocqua night sky will light up with fireworks, and the town will be filled with tourists.

"It's probably the busiest," said Beth Wetzler, the chamber of commerce event coordinator. "Our population hovers around 4,000 and it will go up to at least 10,000 this weekend."

It's something the event coordinator says people look forward to every year.

"They're excited to come up for the weekend,” said Wetzler. “I mean we had such a long winter and this is not winter anymore so it's great."

Local businesses look forward to it too.

"Everybody's just really excited to be busy and have a good time up here," said Deanne Kidd, the owner of the Thirsty Whale restaurant.

The owner says no matter how large the crowd, she's prepared.

"It's just a matter of stuffing every corner we have with food and drink and shirts and everything so we're filling every empty spot we have," said Kidd.

The chamber's event coordinator says even though there's some construction in Minocqua, but it shouldn't stop people from coming out to enjoy the holiday.

So whether you're looking to explore what the Northwoods has to offer or get in the holiday spirit, people say the Fourth of July weekend is sure to kick off the summer with a bang.

The chamber event coordinator says construction will wrap up by Thursday. She says the best thing to do is leave early and prepare for some traffic.
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