AAA forecasts about 40.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for the July 4th holiday this year. This is a slight decrease from the 41.1 million who traveled last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period runs Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7th.
Triple a spokesperson Kaelyn Kelly says last year the 4th of July fell on a Wednesday, so they saw travelers wanting to take advantage of the longer holiday period. This year the holiday falls on a Thursday, which explains part of the decline. The holiday travel forecast for the mountain region predicts a .05 percent decline in travel this holiday compared to 2012. Gas prices are unlikely to be a major factor in travel decisions this holiday. The current national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.60, 11 cents higher than last year.