AAA Mid-Atlantic says a record number of people will be taking to the highways over the Independence Day holiday weekend.
If you thought traffic over the Memorial Day holiday was bad, you’re not going to like the forecast for 4th of July weekend.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says Independence Day holiday travel will reach record proportions, with 121,800 people traveling in Delaware alone and more than 44 million Americans across the country. Of those, more than 105,000 Delawareans and 37.5 million Americans will be traveling by auto.
“Lower gas and airfare prices are undoubtedly contributing to the record number of Independence Day travelers this year,” says Ken Grant, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Eleven percent more Delawareans (12,370) will travel for Independence Day compared to Memorial Day and more than 86 percent of them will travel by car.”
The numbers nationwide represent the highest for the Fourth of July weekend ever, AAA says, and almost 5 million more than traveled over Memorial Day weekend. AAA defines the holiday travel period as Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4.
The agency says it is the fourth straight year for rising traffic volume. Across much of the U.S., drivers will find low gas prices.
Typically, the agency says, gas prices tend to rise as summer begins, as more families take to the road and demand goes up. The opposite is happening this year. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded on Tuesday in Delaware was $2.17, four cents less than last week, 19 cents less than last month and only two cents higher than the July 4th average for the region last year ($2.15).