4th of July travel expected to break pre-pandemic record


Travel for the 4th of July Weekend is underway, and AAA estimates it will be among the busiest with close to 51-million Americans who will venture 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day.

“Potential record numbers, well beyond the previous record, which was set in 2019, just before COVID. We’re expected overall nationwide more than 50-million people travel for the holiday,” said Triple-A spokesperson Don Redman

Redman said gas prices are almost $1.10 less than this time last year is one reason more people can travel for the holiday. But airline costs are almost 50% higher this year and Redman said it’s not deterring travelers whatsoever.

“People are still flying in numbers of a percentage of overall travelers about eight percent. Which we haven’t seen in over 20 years. It’s really an indication that people really want to travel,” said Redman.

He said air travel is up both domestic and international.

Triple A estimates 43 million people will drive to their destination, more than 2% from last year and 4% higher than 2019. Regionally Redman said about four to five million will be traveling by car.

“So, it’s going to be a very busy time for everyone who’s traveling,” said Redman.

He said the earlier you leave on your journey the better. He said Thursday from four to 6 o’clock in the evening is among the worst times to travel along with Friday and Saturday afternoons and return trips on Tuesday, July 4th afternoon and from 3 to 6 Wednesday evening.

Among the best travel times, are before noon Thursday, before 10 am, and after 6 pm on Friday. Before noon Saturday, and traffic should be minimal Sunday and Monday.

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