The number of travelers is slightly less than last year, due mainly to a shorter holiday travel period
Nearly 41 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more during the upcoming 4th of July holiday period, the American Automobile Association (AAA) projects.
That's slightly less than the number who traveled during the Independence Day holiday last year.
AAA spokesman Don Redman says the slight decline in travel is due mainly to a shorter holiday period when compared to last year.
This year, July 4th falls on a Thursday, making the official holiday period five days long, from Wednesday July 3rd through Sunday July 7th. Last year, it fell on a Wednesday, extending the holiday period by one day.
AAA expects the largest share of travelers to depart on July 3rd and return on July 7th.
"To avoid the high percentage of traffic, those are the dates you want to avoid, July 3rd and July 7th," Redman says.
The average traveler is expected to travel a round-trip distance of 613 miles and spend $747, AAA says.