4TH OF JULY TRAVEL: 41M Americans hit the road - KMSP-TV

4TH OF JULY TRAVEL: 41M Americans hit the road

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - AAA Travel estimates about 41 million Americans will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday by journeying 50 miles or more from home, a 1.9 percent increase from last year.

“Steady improvement in the economy has spurred increased consumer confidence and spending,” said AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney. “Optimistic Americans are more willing to take on debt this year, dusting off their credit cards to pay for a much-needed Independence Day getaway.”

BY THE NUMBERS

-41 million travelers expected in 2014

-40.3 million people traveled in 2013

-5 million more travelers compared to Memorial Day

-34.8 million travel by car -- the highest since 2007

-6 percent higher travel volume than average of past 10 years

-5 percent lower airfares that 2013

- $58 for car rentals, same as last year

GAS PRICES

AAA expects the majority of U.S. drivers likely will pay the highest gas prices for Independence Day since 2008. Today’s national average price of gas is about 20 cents per gallon more expensive than the average on July 4, 2013, which was $3.48 per gallon.

Minnesota's average gas prices Thursday: $3.55
National average: $3.68

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