By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun
4:59 PM EDT, July 9, 2013
While Ocean City saw a small increase in visitors for the Fourth of July, overall figures for the holiday weekend show a slight dip in the number of people vacationing in the resort town.
Officials estimate the town's population swelled to 332,214 on July 4, about 1.5 percent higher than last year's estimate of 327,553. Officials use Demoflush numbers, a formula calculated by wastewater flow, to estimate the town population during busy periods.
The four-day weekend average was 322,558, down more than 2 percent from 2012.
Nonetheless, the town was busy all weekend, said Jessica Waters, Ocean City's communciations manager, noting that hotels were full and restaurant busy throughout the four-day holiday.
"The way the holiday fell on a Thursday, a lot of people took advantage of the long weekend," said Waters. "[It] enticed people to make the trip and make a longer stay."
Waters said it didn't hurt that the forecast panned out with beautiful, cloudless blue skies and temperatures in the 80s.
"It was perfect beach weather, for a holiday weekend especially," she said. "We couldn’t have been luckier."
Although June was a busy month for police in Ocean City, the town appeared to have fewer criminal incidents over the holiday.
"It was quiet in regard to any type of police activity," Waters said. "With those types of crowds you expect to see increased incidents, but people came down to have a nice family weekend and that’s what they did."
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