Travel forecast for July 4th expects record numbers to hit the road

POSTED: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 5:04pm

Whether in the air or on the road, if you plan on getting away for the Fourth of July you're not alone.

According to AAA 42.3 million Americans will make a 4th of July trip, more than have traveled for the holiday in a decade.

The airlines are getting ready for a busy week.

Air travel is expected to be up more than nine percent, with passengers paying about the same as they did last year for a ticket.

Still, most will pack their car and take to the road.

"It tells us that things are getting optimistic, particularly with gas prices falling," says AAA spokewoman Nancy White.

The national average right now is below $3.50 a gallon, forty-four cents less than the highest prices in April and sixteen cents lower than this time last year.

Analysts say you'll pay more for a hotel, but less for a rental car.

Most people will travel more than 700 miles, but will be looking to do it on a budget.

Median spending by travelers is expected to drop by seven percent.

AAA says twenty-five percent of those taking a trip for the Fourth are actually planning to leave the Friday before the holiday, about ten days from now.

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