Nearly 42 Million Americans Expected to Travel This Fourth of July Holiday
It's going to be a busy Fourth of July weekend for travelers! AAA projects that 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day holiday, the most since 2007 and a 0.7 percent increase from the 41.6 million people who traveled for the Fourth last year.
AAA says that rising income, driven by a strong employment market, is prompting more Americans to take a holiday trip this year.
Gas prices also remain well below where they were this time last year. AAA expects that most drivers will pay the lowest Independence Day gas prices in at least five years.
"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 AAA President Marshall L. Doney. "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."
According to AAA's 2015 Independence Day travel forecast, nearly 85 percent of travelers (35.5 million) will drive to their holiday destinations this year, an increase of 0.7 percent. Holiday air travel this Fourth of July is expected to increase by 1.5 percent to 3.21 million leisure travelers.
Independence Day holiday travel by other modes of transportation including cruises, trains and buses is expected to increase by 0.5 percent this year to 3.2 million total travelers.
The Independence Day holiday travel period this year is defined as Wednesday, July 1 through Sunday, July 5.