Bad weather throughout North America put a damper on many camping family’s plans this spring, but camping on the July 4 holiday weekend is a tradition that can’t be denied for many families.
According to a press release, Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) reports that, as of June 26, more than 116,000 camping nights had been reserved for the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend at the 475 KOA campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada.
While that number is down slightly from record July 4 weekend reservations in 2010, most of the shortfall can be attributed to spring weather woes across the country.
“We may not set a new record this July 4 weekend,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers, “but it will still be one of the top years in our 49-year history.”
“We had a very wet spring to start the camping season,” said Rogers. “We know that adverse weather historically causes campers to delay their plans. They have a tendency to ‘wait and see’ what the weather will do.”
While July 4 weekend reservations are running slightly behind this time last year, an influx of reservations in the past week helped to close the gap.
“While we still have great tent sites, RV sites, cabins and lodges available for this weekend, I suspect they will go quickly in the next few days and we’ll have another very successful holiday weekend,” Rogers said. “It’s July 4, and there is nothing like camping on the July 4th weekend for a fun, affordable family mini-vacation.”
Many KOAs now have luxury Kamping Lodges, featuring full bathrooms and kitchens, as well as flat-screen televisions and other amenities.
“That may not sound like traditional camping to many enthusiasts, but Lodges are a way to offer a campground experience to someone who might desire just a little more comfort,” Rogers said. “At KOA, it really is camping any way you like it.”