Over 47 Million People Expected to Travel This 4th of July, a Near Record

By Paul Riegler on 22 June 2021
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The Chicago River, which flows through downtown Chicago

Traveling this Fourth of July?  One thing is certain: You won’t be alone.

More than 47.7 million Americans will travel during the five-day July 4th holiday period according to the American Automobile Association. If this pans out, it will be the second highest number of people traveling on record, close to the highs set in 2019 for the holiday.  The last time the number of people traveling was anywhere close to this was over the 2019 Hanukah-Christmas holiday season, when some 47.5 million people hit the road.

“Travel is back this summer, as Americans eagerly pursue vacations they’ve deferred for the last year-and-a-half,” said Debbie Haas, the AAA’s vice president for travel.

The figures for the upcoming period, which starts Thursday July 1 and ends Monday July 5, are 40% higher than last year and only 2.5% lower than those of 2019.

While people will undoubtedly travel by plane, train, and automobile, it is the latter that will see 91% of holiday travel.  The AAA said that 43.6 million Americans will drive to their destinations for the holiday.

Once they hit the road, drivers will find the most expensive fuel prices since 2014, while airfare prices have dropped 2% for the same period since last year.

The AAA said that the top ten destinations for the Independence Day travel period this year will be Orlando, Anaheim, Denver, Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, and Kahului.

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