AAA predicts more travelers than ever this 4th of July weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A new report from AAA predicts more travels will be hitting the road for Independence Day weekend.

The report projects that a record 43 million Americans will travel this weekend, half a million more than last year. That’s 5 million more travelers compared to Memorial Day weekend. This represents the highest 4th of July travel volume on record.

In California, 4.9 million state residents expected to head out of town for the weekend. Of those 3.9 million Californians will drive to reach their holiday destinations.

Californians are expected to travel 50 miles or more away from home for the first summer vacation of the year. According to the latest AAA travel survey, this represents a 1.3% increase from 2015.

AAA reports 36 million will drive to their Independence Day destinations.

“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.

A gallon of regular gasoline is an average of 45 cents lower than Independence Day 2015, the lowest in eleven years.

An estimated 3.43 million travelers will fly over the Independence Day weekend, an increase of more than two percent.

The holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4.

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