Record Number of Travelers Expected Nationwide for July 4th Holiday
Despite high gas prices and thousands of airline cancellations over the past few weeks, experts predict a record number of July 4th holiday travelers this weekend. In fact, a report yesterday shared that industry pros anticipate the number of people traveling may rank among the highest over the past twenty years.
“This #JulyFourth is expected to be the second-busiest for travel since 2000, with 47.9 million Americans taking trips,” said Good Morning, America yesterday in a tweet.
This #JulyFourth is expected to be the second-busiest for travel since 2000, with 47.9 million Americans taking trips.
Here’s what to know before you head to the airport or hit the highways: https://t.co/Z6g8UYc68z
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 28, 2022
With this year’s holiday falling on a Monday, the GMA report predicts that travel will pick up as the weekend approaches with Friday being the peak. Due to timing and travelers extending their stays, experts predict the lowest travel day to actually be the holiday itself, Monday, July 4th.
In all, 47.9 million people plan to hit the road or the skies this weekend, according to AAA estimates. The need to travel clearly outweighs the pressure at the pump. The report shares that less than five million people plan to use airlines, opting instead for car travel.
“The biggest surprise – car travel – will set a new record despite historically high gas prcies with 42 million people hitting the road,” AAA said in their release.
Beating the July 4th Travel Crowds
Hoping to avoid the crowds? Try to leave Thursday or early Friday morning to beat the bulk of the traffic on the roads. Those traveling by air can expect much lower crowds as cancellations and delays pushed people toward car-based travel over the unreliability of air travel recently.
With Orlando topping the list of July 4th locales, visitors should prepare not only for the crowds but the anticipated heat too. We certainly can’t wait for the return of “Disney’s Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” on Sunday and Monday at Magic Kingdom!
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