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AAA: 4th of July Travel Lower Compared to Last Year

Jul 03, 2013 -- 11:00am

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

This 4th of July holiday fewer Americans are expected to travel, despite the fact that gas prices have started to recede and the economy is widely perceived to be better.

According to AAA more than 40 million of us will hit the road or sky to enjoy the Independence Day weekend which begins Thursday. While that sounds like a strong number of travelers it’s actually about a 1% drop from 2012.

Air travel for July 4th weekend is expected to be up significantly and automobile travel is projected to fall, though gas prices have largely stabilized and even fallen in recent weeks. Nationally the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas fell $0.08 this week. Both the national and Georgia average fuel prices are becoming cheaper but are still higher than they were last July 4th holiday.

Spokeswoman Jessica Brady with AAA says while this weekend won’t see as many total people taking a vacation, their research indicates more Americans will take a summer vacation this year when compared to last year.

AAA projects about 1.1 million people will travel for vacation this week in Georgia.

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