MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Business owners said they saw record-breaking turnout for the Memorial Day weekend festivities here along the Grand Strand.
Al Hake spent most of Saturday at the old Pavilion site for the Veterans' picnic which is one of the many Memorial Day weekend activities in Myrtle Beach.
Hake added, "There were people all over watching the parade along the sides of the street." Business owners said it is the crowds of people for bike week and the long weekend activities that is helping them keep their doors open.
Rick Sarber, owner of Nacho Mama's said, "All the events especially with this property over here and they're starting to utilize that a lot more."
Sarber opened his new restaurant right across from the new zipline just three weeks ago and he said he has already seen a high volume of visitors. Sarber explained, "For a business owner traffic is everything. The more people that are attracted to this area the better off our business is going to be."
The restaurants and attractions are the things that brought Veteran Walter Ward and his family to the beach for the holiday. Ward said, "It's always been the happenings. We wanted to come down here plus the tourism...that's why we wanted to come down here because you meet people from all walks of life."
Ward said vacationing in Myrtle Beach was an easy choice for his family. He along with business owners agree that it seems this year's numbers are up from last year's. Ward added, "It is busier for the simple fact is gas prices now. It's just that gas prices have dropped some so it's makes it easier for traveling."
And it is pumping dollars into our economy right here at home. Bill Tannehill said, "This is bringing a lot of money to Myrtle Beach. It's something that is desperately needed here and I think it's generating a lot of revenue."
Of course, the final numbers for this weekend will come out in a few days, but officials say Memorial Day brings in one of the largest weekend crowds we see all year.