Beach-goers hit the sand, surf for 4th of July holiday

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Beachgoers spending 4th of July on Sandy Hook Beach
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Toni Yates has more on how beachgoers are spending the day in Sandy Hook.

SANDY HOOK, New Jersey (WABC) -- It's the Fourth of July, and many across the Tri-State Area are taking full advantage of beautiful weather by hitting the beaches and boardwalks.

It's an extended holiday weekend for many, and a record number of people are expected to travel throughout the week, encouraged by lower gas prices.

The shore is a popular destination, including Sandy Hook. Check out Toni Yates' fun-in-the-sun report in the video player above.

The government shutdown in New Jersey sparked some last-minute changes of plans - including those in Jersey City, whose popular fireworks show, originally set for Liberty State Park, were shut down by the budget stalemate - so they moved a few miles north to Exchange Place.

Watch Anthony Johnson's story here:

And at Jones Beach on Long Island, the only way to describe the place was packed, packed, packed.

Many people got there early to claim a spot for the fireworks.

Meanwhile, police are out in full force, keeping an eye out for those who may be drinking and driving -- specifically on boats.

Watch Kristin Thorne's story here:

Finally, a refreshing pool on a hot summer day certainly a kids' stamp of approval - but some kids have no idea what led up to a pool in Yonkers being open for the July Fourth holiday.

On Tuesday, the Westchester County executive marked a grand re-opening seven years in the making. Sprain Ridge Pool closed in 2010. There were battles between Rob Astorino and the Board of Legislators who floated the idea of creating a water park. Finally a plan was approved two years ago.