Casinos Gear Up For Big Gambling Independence Day In US
The Fourth of July used to be an American holiday that was marked by US citizens' passion for throwing pool parties and barbecues to celebrate. Increasingly, Americans are turning to another form of entertainment to celebrate the birth of their nation.
Casino gambling has become one of the top entertainment forms in the US over the past decade. States have turned to casinos to help them through the tough economic times caused by the recession, and Americans have responded by packing the casinos on a nightly basis. For Independence Day, many casinos are throwing parties of their own.
"This is a great party each year," said Frank Simmons, a dealer at a well-known South Florida casino. "It gives people somewhere safe where they can come and enjoy the day, while not having to deal with the hassle of preparing a party themselves."
In South Florida, as is the case in many areas of the country in the heat of summer, the temperatures have risen to exhausting heights. Rain is also a factor in the July 4th festivities, which is another reason that people have started to attend the casino parties.
"This year we are trying out the party at the Hard Rock (Seminole Hard Rock casino in Hollywood, Florida)," said Mariah Grant. "Last year we were at Coconut Creek, but this year we wanted a little more people. So far, today has been great. The food has been great, and the music is fabulous. We're having a great holiday so far."
Casinos on the whole have been driving the economy of many states in recent years. Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, and West Virginia are just some of the states that have added new casino options since the recession. Pennsylvania has become the second-largest gaming industry in terms of overall revenue in the US, behind only Nevada.
July 4, 2012
Posted By April Gardner
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com