TOPEKA -- AAA is estimating 34.9 million Americans intend to travel 50 miles or more this Fourth of July holiday weekend, which is an increase of 17.1 percent from 2009. Fourth of July continues to be the busiest travel holiday of the year as children are out of school and families head to favorite vacation spots. The 2010 Fourth of July holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, July 1 - Monday, July 5.
“AAA continues to see an increase in families and friends traveling this summer,” said Jim Hanni, executive vice president for public and government affairs at AAA. “Great deals, stable gas prices and the pent-up travel demand are driving vacation plans.”
Additional information regarding Fourth of July travel includes:
Trips by automobile will continue to be popular with 90 percent of travelers, or 31.4 million Americans, planning to drive to holiday destinations;
Approximately 1.56 million Americans are likely to travel by air over the holiday weekend, up 8.2 percent from last year;
Gas price averages nationwide are expected to settle between $2.70-$2.80/gallon during the July Fourth weekend, similar to prices drivers experienced last year;
Average spending is expected to be $644;
Distance traveled over the upcoming holiday weekend is expected to average 617 miles.
AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Boston-based economic research and consulting firm teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during the major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA / IHS Global Insight 2010 Fourth of July holiday forecast can be found at AAA.com/news.