CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s the busiest Fourth of July holiday travel period ever.
According to AAA, more than 44 million Americans are traveling for the Fourth July, an all-time record.
“I’m hoping there won’t be a lot of traffic, but it is Friday so there are probably a lot of people heading out,” said Dan Hassenfretz of Belchertown.
Most people will travel by road. 1.2 million people will drive to their Fourth of July vacations, up 3 percent from last year. AAA says more people are taking vacations this year, because of a stronger job market, rising incomes, and cheap gas. The average price for a gallon of gas in western Massachusetts is $2.23, the lowest in more than a decade.
“It’s crazy, this year is great and across the street is even cheaper, I mean you can’t get much better than this for the start of the summer, said William Bobianski of Westfield.
Many drivers will take the Mass Pike to get to their Fourth of July destinations, like Cape Cod. MassDOT advises you to plan ahead and expect additional travel time on the highway. The best way to get to your destination quicker. Leave early.
“Always earlier the better, if you can get a head start on your drive to avoid traffic certainly a lot of people are still working on those days so you’ll have the normal rush hour traffic, said Sandra Marsian, Vice President of AAA’s Travel Membership & Marketing.
Marsian said the top Fourth of July getaway for Massachusetts residents continue to be Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and other places near the beach. The holiday travel period starts Friday and ends on the Fourth.