The Fourth of July holiday and nice summer weather brought thousands of people to the North Woods to enjoy the lakes. This was the scene on a sand bar on Franklin Lake during the holiday weekend. —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCHThe combination of an extended holiday weekend for many and great summer weather brought the biggest Fourth of July crowds in years to the North Woods, according to businesses surveyed Monday.
With Independence Day on a Thursday, many visiting tourists were able to take Friday off from their jobs, resulting in a four-day holiday break.
In addition, a week of near-perfect July weather with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s and 80s helped ignite what is likely the busiest week of the summer
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