AAA is out with its projections for Fourth of July travel, and expects to see fewer people on the highways this year. The auto club predicts that more than 40 million travelers will make trips of fifty miles or more over the Independence Day holiday, a decline of just under one percent from last year.
The dip could be due to the calendar. Last year, the holiday was on a Wednesday, creating a six day holiday period for many people. With the Fourth falling on a Thursday this year, the holiday period is shorter.
Most travelers will visit friends or relatives, dine out or sight see. Many will go to the beach or waterfront. The survey shows more plan to visit national or state parks this year than last.
About 85% will go by vehicle, down slightly from last year, with air travel up slightly. The average travel distance is down from last year but spending will be about the same.
The holiday travel period runs from July 3rd through the 7th, with Wednesday and Sunday expected to be the busiest travel days.