AAA Travel predicts that during the Independence Day around 40.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home, down 0.8% from 41.1 million people in 2012.
The agency says that this decline is due to a shorter holiday period this year, as the 4th of July lands on a Thursday, and so the holiday has returned to five days instead of the six-day period last year. The highest travel level was reached in 2007 when 42.3 million Americans traveled. The Independence Day Holiday lasts from July 3rd to July 7th. Around 84% of travelers (34.4 million) are expected to travel by car, down 0.7% from 34.7 million in 2012. Air travel is forecast to increase to 3.07 million from 3.06 million last year.
“This year nearly 41 million Americans plan to celebrate the nation’s birthday with a getaway, a slight decline from last year,” said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet. “This projection is due to the calendar effect of one fewer day in the holiday period and economic growth that is not robust enough to offset the impact of the sequester and the effect of the end of the payroll tax cut on American families.”