DETROIT (WWJ) – For some people, the 4th of July isn’t just about the beach and the barbeques… it’s about the shopping.

Tom Scott of the Michigan Retailers Association said the holiday weekend is the traditional time that stores begin to clear out their summer goods.

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“I mean, you name it. Certainly clothes but anything regarding the beach or regarding backyards or, of course, it’s getting a little late in the season to be planting flowers, but I’m sure you could still find some flowers on sale,” Scott said.

Scott says the real deals come a little later in July when many hold sidewalk sales.

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“When they really want to clear it out by is with some sidewalk sales and things like that a little bit later in July but, they’re always trying to move the summer merchandise and clearing it out in July so they can start getting the fall merchandise is important,” he said.

Although a lot of shoppers hit the mall to cure their boredom on bad weather days, one thing stores with summer sales aren’t necessarily hoping for is rain.

“Well, if the weather is too dismal than nobody wants to do anything or nobody, you know, has a picnic or goes out like that so they wouldn’t be buying things associated with that type of activity so yeah I think overall, they’re looking for good weather,” Scott said.

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So, why not save a day this weekend to cruise around and find all the good Fourth of July sales? Happy shopping!