AAA Projects Record-Tying Number of Travelers For Fourth of July Holiday

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM EDT

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AAA Projects Record-Tying Number of Travelers For Fourth of July Holiday

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM EDT

(AAA news release) AAA projects 42.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 4.9 percent increase over the 40.3 million people who traveled last year. 

According to a news release:

The expected 2012 Independence Day holiday travel volume will tie the past decade’s previous high mark set in 2007 and represents a near 42 percent increase from 2009. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.

Since July 4 falls on a Wednesday, the calendar will play a role in driving holiday travel volume as the mid-week holiday expands the traditional five-day travel period to six days and provides the option of including a weekend and two week days on either side of the actual holiday.   When asked about day of departure, fifty-four percent of people intending to travel this holiday plan to begin their trip prior to the start of the work-week that includes July 4. Response percentages by trip departure day are:

    25 percent – Friday, June 29
    16 percent – Saturday, June 30
    13 percent – Sunday, July 1
    11 percent – Monday, July 2
    19 percent – Tuesday, July 3
    16 percent – Wednesday, July 4

“AAA’s projection for a decade high number of Independence Day travelers is being fed by Americans’ appetite for travel, a mid-week holiday and lower gas prices,” said Bill Sutherland, vice president, AAA Travel Services. “This is the second holiday this year where travelers indicated a determination to travel while economizing by actively seeking value-added travel options and activities.”

“A healthy travel industry is critical to the overall well-being of our economy and consistent increases in travel are encouraging,” added Sutherland.

Read the entire story from the AAA Newsroom HERE.