AAA Travel projects 40.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday. That’s a 0.8 percent decrease from the 41.1 million people who traveled last year.
The anticipated decline in holiday travel is predominantly due to a shorter holiday period. With the Fourth of July landing on a Thursday this year, the holiday period has returned to the standard five-day holiday, compared to the six-day period in 2012 when the holiday fell on a Wednesday. Decade-high travel volume occurred in 2007 when 42.3 million Americans traveled and the holiday also fell on a Wednesday.
The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7.
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