Despite smaller crowd, locals enjoy hot First Friday (Photos)

By Conor Mooney

July 5, 2013 Updated Jul 6, 2013 at 12:01 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It certainly wasn't the ideal scenario for a First Friday. Sweltering heat and the Fourth of July holiday left a different perhaps even sparse, crowd.

"There's a lot of people on long weekends and the crowds are thinner than normal, much thinner than normal, actually," said City Council President Teri Rennia.

But that didn't stop everyone from attending the downtown festivities.

Many businesses and shops made a presence outdoors to reach whomever they could.

"We sell shirts that promote local pride in the Binghamton area. Our primary shirt is our 'Townie' shirt that we are selling here tonight," said T-Shirt stand owner, Dara Riegel.

The businesses that toughed out the thinner traffic recognized the importance of catering to the First Friday crowds.

Uncle Tony's on State Street has offered free appetizers with dinner going way back.

"As long as it's been going on. Since the very beginning," said employee, Bryan Whiting

Regardless of the attendance locals enjoying a drum circle on Court Street said they're just happy to be outside.

Thomas Woodard agreed, saying, "Now that Binghamton's Downtown has become more vibrant and alive, my wife and I like to walk around and take it all in."

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