Travelers Expected to Hit the Roads in Record Numbers This Fourth of July Weekend

Eighty-four percent of holiday travelers—more than 36 million people—will drive to their Independence Day destinations

Travelers Expected to Hit the Roads in Record Numbers This Fourth of July Weekend
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June 27, 2016

Plan on hitting the road for the long Fourth of July holiday weekend? You're not alone!

According to AAA, nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend—the highest Fourth of July travel volume in recorded history.

"Spurred by the lowest gas prices since 2005, more people than ever are planning to travel this Independence Day weekend," said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. "Whether they're traveling by car, plane, train, or cruise ship, it will be exciting to see so many Americans celebrating our nation's freedom with their friends and family over the long holiday weekend."

Thanks to lower gas prices, AAA says that U.S. drivers have saved around $20 billion at the pump so far this year compared to this time last year, which has made travel more affordable. A more confident consumer and rising economic activity are also offsetting a cooling labor market to help boost holiday travel.

"We are well on our way for 2016 to be a record-breaking year for summertime travel," continued Doney. "This trend is welcome news for the travel industry and a sign that Americans are taking to our nation's highways and skies like never before."

Eighty-four percent of Fourth of July holiday travelers—more than 36 million people—will drive to their destinations, an increase of 1.2 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 2.2 percent over last year, with 3.3 million Americans taking to the skies this Independence Day.

Travel by other modes of transportation—including cruises, trains and buses—is expected to increase by two percent this year to 3.3 million travelers.

The Fourth of July holiday travel period this year is defined as Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4.