"We want people to be able to enjoy themselves. If you want to go out and picnic. If you want to go out to the beach, we want them to know that the police are there to help you enjoy your holidays. We're there. We want them to also call 9-1-1 or 3-1-1 if they see anything to help us make this a wonderful event on the Fourth of July," said Jackie Shuman of the Rochester Police Department.
"We would stay away because of that, and with the kids, we wouldn't want to be down here just in case," said Sherri Streb of Rochester.
"I think there's strength in numbers so. I think the more people who come down and have a good time, the better off it will be for everybody," said beach goer Neil Dempsey.
Police will be patrolling on foot, on bikes, cars and horseback to make sure there are no problems. Area businesses are hoping to cash in on a well-behaved crowd as well.