by Mark Albert
The Fourth of July this year will be celebrated with fireworks, bar-b-que, and lots and lots of travel.
AAA is predicting this year’s five-day Independence Day period will be “historic,” with more Americans traveling on the holiday than ever.
The organization estimates 44.2 million people will travel by road, air, and water—1.25 million (2.9%) more than last year.
“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend…adding to an already bustling summer travel season,” Bill Sutherland, AAA’s senior vice president, said in a release.
More Fourth Of July Trips by Air
The biggest increase in modes of travel will be by air.
AAA says airfares are about 10% lower on the top 40 domestic flight routes it analyzed compared to last year, leading to a 4.6% increase in Fourth of July air travel.
Road trips are expected to rise by a more modest 2.9%, with gas prices at their lowest level in a dozen years, at an average $2.28 per gallon, thanks to falling oil prices.
Travel by cruise, train, and buses is also expected to grow, by about 1.4%, compared to 2016.
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