July 4 Travel Projected to Decline by 1%
For the first time this decade, fewer Americans are expected to travel for the Fourth of July, AAA officials said.
The auto club's annual Independence Day travel survey shows that an estimated 40.4 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home this holiday weekend. That is a decrease of just over 1%, or 550,000 fewer travelers, from last year.
Among western states, about 10.5 million people are expected to travel for the long holiday weekend, according to AAA Arizona. That represents a drop of nearly 1% from last year.
Of those planning to go out of town, 8.5 million will be getting there in a car or recreational vehicle, while 1.7 million will travel by air.
The last time the West experienced a drop in Independence Day travel was in 2001.
Gas prices that top $4 per gallon are the obvious reason people are less likely to hit the road, according to AAA.