Beachgoers flock to the shore ahead of July 4th holiday

CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, meaning many people are taking a long weekend and hitting area beaches and boardwalks.

On Coney Island, some were already enjoying the sand and sun. But it's not all relaxing, as 11-time champion Joey Chestnut gets ready for the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The 35-year-old Chestnut said Wednesday that he'll "find a rhythm and do what it takes" to win the July 4th eat-off.

And near the Brooklyn Bridge, preparations are underway for the big Macy's fireworks show.

Check out Kemberly Richardson's report in the video player above.

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