AAA predicts 41.9 million people will leave town for Independence Day

AAA predicts 41.9 million people will leave town for Independence Day

ORLANDO, Fla (Tucson News Now) - AAA officials predict 41.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home this Independence Day; the highest number since 2007.

This is a 0.7 increase from the 41.6 people who headed out of town last year for the holiday period, which lasts from Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5.

The organization expects nearly 85 percent of these commuters (35.5 million) to drive to their holiday destinations. About 1.5 percent of people (3.21 million) are set to travel by air. 

Travel by all other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will rise to about 3.2 million this holiday, according to officials.

AAA credits the travel boost to a better economy and lower gas prices. Despite recent seasonal increases, fuel costs are the lowest they've been in about five years. Today's national average for gas is about $2.78. That's about 88 cents less than this time last year.

AAA President Marshall Doney said Independence Day is typically the busiest summer travel holiday in the country.

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