Gulf Coast is expecting a glum Fourth of July

Mark Woodward of Daphne, Ala., looks for tar balls as he walks along the beach at dawn in Destin, Fla., Saturday, June 26, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill have started coming ashore in Destin and other beaches on the Florida and Alabama coasts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

July 2, 2010 2:59:11 PM PDT
Fireworks displays have been canceled. White-sand beaches that should be crowded with sunbathers are instead dotted with cleanup workers, booms and sand-sifting equipment. Normally packed hotels are trying to fill rooms ahead of what is a crucial weekend for beach businesses.