July 4th expected to set holiday travel record

traffic_loHOLT, Fla., July 3, 2018—Nearly 47 million Americans will travel this Fourth of July holiday according to the American Automobile Association.

A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles away from home, an increase of more than 5 percent compared to last year.

Of the 47 million, 39.7 million will travel by road, despite the rise in holiday gas prices.

Gas prices for the Fourth of July will be the highest in four years, but not as high as this past Memorial Day holiday. Gas prices are cheaper by an average of 11 cents.

Florida was among the top 10 states with the largest monthly decrease in gas prices.

Regardless of how much it costs to fill the tank, this is expected to be the highest Independence Day travel since AAA started tracking 18 years ago.

Unfortunately for those traveling to or through the most congested cities, travel times could be twice as long than a normal trip.

“This Independence Day will be one for the record books,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing.

This Independence Day falls on a Wednesday giving travelers more flexibility to schedule a trip the weekend before or after the holiday, according to AAA.

Staff and AAA releases

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