The AAA is predicting a record number of Americans will hit the roads this July Fourth weekend thanks in part to low gas prices, low unemployment, buoyant consumer spending, and rising disposable incomes.
The number of travelers set to travel is not only expected to break the record for the July 4th holiday, but its is also expected to break records for all holidays!
“This is the highest level since AAA began tracking holiday travel 19 years ago,” AAA-Iowa spokeswoman Rose White told Radio Iowa. “We predict drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion in the major metro areas on Wednesday, July 3, as the commuters mix with the holiday travelers.” Travel volume for the holiday is expected to rise more than four percent, with nearly two-million more vacationers than a year ago. A record high 41-million people will be traveling by car, which means higher demand for gasoline.
According to USA Today, if you’re planning on getting out of town for Independence Day the absolute worst day to travel will be Wednesday, July 3 between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
USA Today reports top destination for this year’s Independence Day travel include Orlando, New York, Boston, Maui. Seattle, Honolulu, Chicago, Anaheim, and Chicago.