In what is described as the highest July 4th travel volume on record, Independence Day travel will explode as AAA projects nearly 43 million Americans nationally will travel between Thursday, June 30 and Monday, July 4.
Closer to home, epect busy roads this holiday in New England with nearly 2 million or 86% of regional travelers planning to a drive vacation. This regional numbers represents a 1.5% change from last year.
According to AAA’s annual July 4th annual holiday survey, of the overall 43 million travelers, a 1.3% increase over last year,
- 84.6% or 36 million travelers will drive to an Independence Day destination, a 1.2% increase over last year;
- 7.8% or 3.3 million will take to the skies, a 2.2% increase over last year; and
- 7.6% or 3.3 million will take some other mode of transportation such as cruises, trains or buses.
What’s spurring Americans to travel this holiday? The lowest gas prices since 2005 are motivating millions to hit the road and fly the skies this holiday.
The national average price for a gallon of gas today (June 27) is $2.31, 47 cents less than a year ago; while in Connecticut, where prices are usually higher than the national average, we’re seeing a statewide average of $2.44, 51 cents lower than this time last year.