Americans may be celebrating 241 years of independence this Fourth of July, but they won’t be liberated from their cars on what’s forecast to be the “most traveled Independence Day holiday” ever.
“It’s going to be crowded and travelers should definitely make sure that they’re planning ahead,” AAA spokeswoman Tamra Johnson tells The Associated Press. That means leaving early, Johnson says. “And if your schedule allows, even try to travel on the actual holiday.”
Nearly 38 million Americans are expected to drive, according to AAA, which defines the Independence Day travel period as Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4.
Some 3.5 million people are forecast to fly. And 3.25 million others will take a different form of transportation, be it a bus, train or cruise ship. Also read: 4th of july fireworks, 4th of july quotes and sayings.
“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president for travel and publishing, said in a statement.
On Wednesday, the cheapest gas could be found in South Carolina, averaging as low as $1.91 a gallon, followed by Oklahoma, at $1.95, according to GasBuddy. The priciest gas was in Hawaii, at $3.30 a gallon, with California coming in second, at $3.02.