AAA: ‘Strong Employment, Rising Incomes’ Will Set New July 4th Travel Record

Eric Scheiner | June 28, 2017
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Creative CommonsAAA is forecasting record-breaking travel for the Independence Day travel period, giving credit to America’s economy and low gas prices.

“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A historic 44.2 million Americans will travel to celebrate our nation’s freedom this year, adding to an already bustling summer travel season.”

AAA says 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home.

“With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever,” the travel organization says in a press release.

The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4.

AAA forecasts 37.5 million Americans will be driving to their holiday destination. They say consumers can find gas for an average of $2.24 or less at 60 percent of gas stations in the country, which is nearing an all-time low for the year.

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