ORLANDO FL – More than 42 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, the American Automobile Association projected Tuesday (June 19, 2012), representing a 4.9-percent increase over the 40.3 million people who traveled last year. The holiday travel volume will tie the past decade’s previous high mark set in 2007, and would be almost 42 percent than that of 2009.
The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.
Because July 4 falls on a Wednesday, the calendar will play a role in driving holiday travel volume, AAA said. The mid-week holiday expands the traditional five-day travel period to six days, and provides the option of including a weekend and two week days on either side of the actual holiday. When questioned by the association about their day of departure, 54 percent of people intending to travel this holiday plan to begin their trip before the start of the work-week that includes July 4.
“AAA’s projection for a decade-high number of Independence Day travelers is being fed by Americans’ appetite for travel, a mid-week holiday and lower gas prices,” said Bill Sutherland, vice president of AAA Travel Services. This is the second holiday this year,” he said, during which “travelers indicated a determination to travel while economizing, by actively seeking value-added travel options and activities.”
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