Millions Hitting The Road For July 4th Holiday

Highways will be packed once again this July Fourth weekend, with 41 million Americans expected to travel at least 50 miles or more. That's up about 2 percent from the 40.3 million who traveled last year, according to AAA.

The number also represents 5-million more than the number of Americans who were expected to travel during the Memorial Day holiday.

AAA estimates 85 percent of those making a holiday escape (34.8-million) will do so by car.

The average price of $3.87 a gallon in Illinois is only up one cent from this time last year.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in the Peoria-Pekin area is $3.71, up four cents from last year.

AAA says other highlights from its Independence Day Holiday Travel forecast include:

Willingness to take on credit card debt, not an increase in income, is responsible for the increase in consumer spending;

Travelers will encounter air fares five percent lower than last year and car rental costs that remain consistent with last year at $58;

Hotel rates at AAA Two Diamond hotels are 15 percent higher than last year and Three Diamond hotels are nine percent more.

The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 2 to Sunday, July 6.

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