Summertime has arrived, and believe it or not, July is right around the corner. Soon we'll be celebrating the Independence Day holiday, and many people will take to the roads for summer vacations.
With the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday this year, the mid-week holiday brings a possibility of two "holiday weekends." Some may celebrate this coming weekend, while others may gather with friends and family on the following weekend. Realistically, many may revel on both weekends.
There will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate the 4th, to see fireworks and take part in summertime activities. This week, the city of St. Clairsville kicks off the marathon holiday stretch on Wednesday with the city's annual Community Day. There will be fireworks at dusk and entertainment during the day for what is sure to be the biggest gathering so far at the city's impressive new Amphitheater.
Over the course of the next two weeks, other local communities and the area lakes will also be playing host to fireworks displays and activities, many with live musical entertainment, food and a wide variety of family fun.
For those who plan to take to the open road for the holiday, things are looking up. Gas prices have fallen in recent days, with the price per gallon - at least at stations in the Aetnaville area - teasing to dip below the $3 mark for the first time in what seems like ages. The spread-out holiday period will give travelers the opportunity to head out at different times instead of all clogging up the highways at once.
In fact, AAA predicts that a record number of Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more away from home over the course of the extended Independence Day week. A total of 42.3 million Americans - including 1.75 million Ohioans, are projected to pack their bags and journey to far away places in the coming days.
Regardless of what you do or where you go - whether it's at home or afar, we hope everyone gets an opportunity to get out and enjoy their summer 2012. For a majority of people, it's their favorite time of the year, and the holiday is a time for families and friends to get together. Besides, it only comes one time each year.