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4th July travel: Independence day expected to be busiest for air and road travel in history

Simon Calder’s Travel

Anyone considering traveling for Independence Day is being warned that it is gearing up to be the busiest July 4th in history.

Whether that’s traveling by air or taking a road trip, experts have predicted that travel will break some records over the July 4th week as the United States starts its annual Independence Day celebrations across the country.

All around the country, Americans will be preparing for their annual plans, which typically include the customary barbecues, picnics, town parades, and fireworks displays to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, on 4 July 1776.

The American Automotive Association (AAA), a federation of motor clubs throughout the US, is projecting that 70.9 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from their homes over the Independence holiday travel period, defined as a nine-day period, from Saturday, 29 June to Sunday, 7 July, they wrote in a news release on Thursday.

While the AAA has included the entire July 4 week, as well as the Saturday before and the Sunday after the holiday, for the first time in their forecast, their projected numbers this year represent a five per cent increase compared to 2023 and nine per cent from 2019.

“With summer vacations in full swing and the flexibility of remote work, more Americans are taking extended trips around Independence Day,” Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel, said.

Air travel is set to break records over the Independence Day period
Air travel is set to break records over the Independence Day period (Associated Press)

“We anticipate this July 4th week will be the busiest ever with an additional 5.7 million people traveling compared to 2019.”

Some 2.8m more travelers than last year will be getting in their vehicles and joining the traffic over Independence Day week, as the AAA predicts that a record-breaking 60.06m people will travel by car over the period.

Hertz also told the association that Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are the cities showing the highest rental demand during the holiday week.

Aside from those getting in their cars to travel to their July 4th celebrations, the AAA also said that the number of air travelers is also expected to set a new record.

Before the Independence Day period has even started, however, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) already announced on Sunday (June 23) that TSA had broken the record for the most…

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