AAA: 4th of July travel forecast

5 million more travelers expected than Memorial Day weekend

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you thought the roads and airports were bad over Memorial Day weekend, buckle up- because it’ll only be worse next week for the 4th. 22News is working for you with your holiday weekend travel forecast.

We’re just a week away now from celebrating our country’s independence on the 4th of July, and already the mental checklists have begun: what to pack in your luggage and cookout food to buy at the grocery store.

“We usually just have big 4th of July bashes at our house. We’d rather stay home than go on the road,” said Joe Allsop from West Springfield.

But a little congestion on the highways won’t stop close to 35 million other Americans from filling up their tanks and heading out on a 4th of July road trip… Especially New Englanders after a long bitterly cold winter.

“The traffic is mayhem. It really is. Every year around the 4th we go away for the weekend. We’re actually gonna go to Lake George for the 4th. Then maybe down to Albany for the fireworks,” said Dan Hamilton from Pittsfield.

Independence Day travel obviously begins long before the parades step off and the grills get fired up.. The official travel period is from this Wednesday the 2nd through Sunday the 6th. Many optimistic travelers are hoping to beat the rush.

“I’m going to make my trip up to Maine. Going to visit my sister and brother in law there. I’m going to leave a few days before so I’m hoping I’m going to beat the traffic. I’m a little worried about Sunday coming back,” said Yvonne Boudreau from Enfield.

Whether you hit traffic or not, your road trip is probably going to cost you a little more. The current price of a gallon of regular gasoline is about $3.70.. that’s up 20 cents from this time last year.

Tomorrow morning on 22News we’ll look into why Americans are taking on more credit card debt during their holiday travels this year, and how hotel and other travel rates compare to last year.


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