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June 27, 2014

AAA: More than 41 million Americans expected to take an Independence Day getaway

Optimistic Americans are dusting off credit cards, helping to boost overall holiday travel volume 1.9 percent over last year

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AAA Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The majority of travelers will be celebrating their freedom with a road trip, with more than eight in 10 (34.8 million) choosing to travel by automobile, the highest level since 2007. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 2, to Sunday, July 6.

“With school out for summer, the Fourth of July holiday is typically the busiest summer travel holiday," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “About five million more Americans travel for this holiday compared to Memorial or Labor Day weekends. Traditionally, the majority of those celebrating our nation's independence take a road trip."



Highlights from 2014 Independence Day travel forecast include:

  • Travel volume for Independence Day has grown four out of the past five years and is expected to be more than six percent higher than the average of the past 10 years.
  • Willingness to take on credit card debt, not an increase in income, is responsible for the increase in consumer spending that is spurring the rise in overall travel.
  • Nearly five million more Americans are expected to travel for Independence Day than for Memorial Day.
  • Holiday air travel is expected to increase 1 percent to 3.1 million travelers from 3.07 million last year.
  • Travelers will encounter airfares five percent lower than last year and car rental costs that remain consistent with last year at $58.
  • Hotel rates at AAA Two Diamond hotels are 15 percent higher than last year and Three Diamond hotels are nine percent more.

National & State Numbers

Auto Travel

Air Travel

Other Travel

Total Projected Travelers

Nationwide

34.8 million

3.1 million

3.1 million

41 million

Florida

1,800,653

155,308

121,523

2,077,484

Georgia

992,621

85,615

66,990

1,145,225

Tennessee

742,059

35,785

49,699

827,542

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