AAA Texas projects 2.98 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.
Since July 4th falls on a Wednesday, the calendar will play a role in driving holiday travel volume as the mid-week holiday expands the traditional five-day travel period to six days and provides the option of including a weekend and two week days on either side of the actual holiday. When asked about day of departure, fifty-four percent of people intending to travel this holiday plan to begin their trip prior to the start of the work-week that includes July 4. Response percentages by trip departure day are:
• 25 percent – Friday, June 29
• 16 percent – Saturday, June 30
• 13 percent – Sunday, July 1
• 11 percent – Monday, July 2
• 19 percent – Tuesday, July 3
• 16 percent – Wednesday, July 4
“The increase in travel on this 4th of July is a result of Texans’ desire for travel, a mid-week holiday where many travelers may choose to extend their vacation and lower gas prices,” said Rhonda Wilson, AAA Texas Vice President Branch Operations. “This is the second holiday this year where travelers indicated a determination to travel while economizing by actively seeking value-added travel options and activities.”
Of the 2.98 million Texans who will travel, the majority will go by car or truck.
• Automobile - 2.5 million
• Air Travel - 276,000
• Other Travel (Trains, Buses, Cruise Ships) - 217,000
Texans will travel an average distance of 987 miles round-trip during the Independence Day holiday. Among the top activities for people over the holiday weekend include dining, visiting friends and relatives, shopping, touring and sightseeing, going to a beach or waterfront, and nightlife. On average families in Texas will spend $732 on transportation and travel for the 4th of July.
AAA offers mobile travel planning resources
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Free AAA apps for iPhone and Android devices use GPS navigation to help travelers map a route, locate nearby member discounts and find current gas prices. Travelers can learn about AAA apps and AAA Mobile Web at AAA.com/mobile.
Travelers can find thousands of AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants using AAA’s digital travel planning tools or online at AAA.com/Travel. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA Texas can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.