AAA announced that they expect 41.9 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home during this year’s Fourth of July weekend, the most since 2007. This would be a 0.7 percent increase from the 41.6 million people who traveled last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5.
“This Independence Day, more people will get in their cars, board airplanes, and take buses, trains and cruise ships to celebrate our nation’s freedom with friends and family,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President. “Students all across the nation are also celebrating freedom from homework, making this an ideal time for a family vacation. Independence Day is typically the busiest summer travel holiday for this reason, and more Americans are planning a holiday getaway than any year since 2007.”
There are several factors that AAA is crediting with the increase in travel. As income levels continue to rise, thanks in large part to a stronger employment market, more and more Americans are planning holiday trips this year.
Additionally, AAA anticipates that gas prices this Fourth of July weekend will be substantially lower than recent years. Most drivers can expect to pay the lowest Independence Day gas prices in at least five years. The current national average price for a gallon of gas sits at $2.78, which is 88 cents lower than the price on the Fourth last year. The lower gas prices has helped to boost Americans’ disposable income, leading to more and more Americans to plan a Fourth of July vacation.
“Although some consumers are using their recent savings on gas to pay down debt and save, overall, Americans are planning to travel in record numbers,” continued Doney. “Independence Day gas prices are expected to be the lowest in at least five years, a welcome sign for the 35.5 million people planning a holiday road trip.”
With so many more drivers on the road, its natural to expect for traffic delays and slower travel times. Be sure to stay alert while on the road during the next few days, and plan ahead to ensure you are able to deliver loads on time. Pack your patience, and you’re sure to have an enjoyable Independence Day weekend!
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