AAA out with July 4th travel projections

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Jun 20, 2013 at 9:21 am

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KNSI) The nation's highways will be busy  for the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. AAA travel projects 40. 8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday.

That's eight-tenths of one percent less than the 41. 1 million peole who traveled last year.

The anticipated declilne is due to a shorter holiday period. With the Fourth of July landing on a Thursday this year, the holiday period has returned to the standard five-day holiday, compared to the six-day period in 2012 when the holiday fell on a Wednesday.

Decade-high travel volume occurred in 2007 when 42.3 million Americans traveled.

Triple-A says 84-percent of travelers will do so by automobile,. The average traveler is expected to travel a round-trip distance of 613 miles and spend $747.

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