Historic Independence Day, more Americans to travel than ever beforeStaff Writer | June 22, 2017
This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue.
America Consumers may see prices increase
Overall, 44.2 million travelers are expected to travel this Independence Day, a 2.9 percent increase over 2016.
37.5 million Americans will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year.
3.44 million people are taking to the skies this Independence Day, increasing air travel by 4.6 percent over last year.
3.27 million travelers, an increase of 1.4 percent from 2016, will look to other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses.
The national average gas price is four cents cheaper than this same time last year and a contributing factor to the increase in travelers on the roads this Independence Day.
With today's national average price for a gallon of gas at $2.28, prices remain historically low for the summer travel season.
However, consumers may see prices increase, albeit by pennies, closer to the holiday weekend, similar to the Memorial Day gas price trend. ■