Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

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Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Census-designated place
Hampton Beach in late September
Hampton Beach in late September
Hampton Beach is located in New Hampshire
Hampton Beach
Hampton Beach
Location within the state of New Hampshire
Coordinates: 42°54′26″N 70°48′43″W / 42.90722°N 70.81194°W / 42.90722; -70.81194Coordinates: 42°54′26″N 70°48′43″W / 42.90722°N 70.81194°W / 42.90722; -70.81194
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham
Area
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,275
 • Density 1,700/sq mi (650/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03842, 03843
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-33140
GNIS feature ID 0867344
Website www.hamptonbeach.org

Hampton Beach is a village district, census-designated place, and beach resort within the town of Hampton, in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, located on the Atlantic Ocean. Its population at the 2010 census was 2,275.[1] Hampton Beach is located in Rockingham County, approximately 15 miles (24 km) south of Portsmouth. The community is a popular tourist destination and the busiest beach community in the state. Ocean Boulevard, the main street along the beach, includes a boardwalk, many shops and businesses, several seasonal hotels, and the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. The Ballroom hosts many national acts throughout the summer months.[2] Hampton Beach State Park was named one of four "Superstar" beaches in the US in 2011, for having had perfect water quality testing results in each of the last three years.[3]

History[edit]

The Hampton Beach Village District was established on June 26, 1907, for the purpose of providing electric power and water to the summer tourist community. In 1923, the village's first fire station was built and is still in operation today.

On February 26, 2010, during a severe storm, a fire burned down an entire block at Hampton Beach. The buildings destroyed included the Surf Hotel, Happy Hampton Arcade, and Mrs. Mitchell's Gift Shop. The fire started in the Surf Hotel and was spread to the other buildings by high winds.[4] The cause for this fire is unknown. During the summer of 2010, the vacant lot (then cleared) was used for parking. It is planned to rebuild the hotel soon.

Welcoming sign in Hampton Beach

Notable aspects[edit]

The New Hampshire Marine Memorial is located on the beach along Route 1A at the terminus of New Hampshire Route 101.

The Hampton Bridge carries Route 1A into the south border of the community.

The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom has been the center attraction at Hampton Beach for more than 100 years. The Ballroom continues to draw some of the top names in entertainment. Recently, the Ballroom placed in the top 30 for worldwide ticket sales in venues under 3,000 seats.[5]

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival - Since 1988, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Seafood Festival Committee have helped put New Hampshire on the map as a vacation destination. The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has a profound effect on seacoast businesses, the community, and the overall economy of the area. Restaurants, lodging, shops, and businesses in general depend on the Seafood Festival as the primary contributor to their bottom line. Many Chamber members say it is even bigger than the "4th of July" in sales volume. The Festival, held the weekend after Labor Day, is also instrumental in extending the summer season. Dozens of non-profit organizations also earn a major portion of their income through revenues earned at the Festival, allowing them to continue to support their causes that benefit the citizens of New Hampshire. The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has evolved dramatically, and has been acclaimed as "One of the Top 100 Events in North America", by the American Bus Association in 1996, 2001, 2003 and 2006. Event attendance is now estimated as exceeding 150,000.[6]

Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Competition - Since 2001, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce has sponsored, with the help of Seaside Hotel, a sand sculpture competition that has brought numerous sculptors from across America to Hampton Beach in mid-June. The 4 day contest is seen by thousands and then put up for illumination for two weeks. Prizes (top prize of $50,000) are rewarded via fan voting and through the Chamber.

Fireworks - There are fireworks on the 4th of July and every Wednesday of the summer at 9:30 pm.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom official site
  3. ^ "Superstar Beaches". Natural Resources Defense Council. June 29, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Patrick Cronin (March 14, 2010). "Out of the ashes: Hampton Beach businesses plan economic development summit". Seacoast Online. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Casino Ballroom history
  6. ^ Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce official site
  7. ^ Hampton Beach Village District official site

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