Over 1.3 Million New Jerseyans to Travel for Independence Day

Fourth of July travel will reach a record high this year, marking the most travelers for the second summer travel holiday since AAA began tracking 18 years ago. 

This trend holds true in the Garden State, as AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that over 1.3 million people will take to the roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. The number represents a more than three percent increase over last year’s forecast. The Independence Day holiday period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.

AAA Independence Day Travel Highlights

Total Travel

  • New Jersey, 1.3 million travelers are expected to travel for the July 4th holiday period, a 3.2 percent increase over last year.
  • Nationally, 47 million travelers are expected to travel this Independence Day, a 5.3 percent increase over 2017.

Automobile Travel

  • New Jersey, 1.1 million (84 percent) will driver to their destination, an increase of 3 percent over 2017.
  • Nationally, 39.7 million (84.5 percent) Americans will drive to their destinations, an increase of 5.1 percent over last year.

Air Travel

  • New Jersey, 108,900 (8.2 percent) will be flying to their destination, an increase of 7.1 percent from 2017.
  • Nationally, 3.8 million (8 percent) people are taking to the skies this Independence Day, increasing air travel by 4.6 percent over last year.

Other

  • New Jersey, 99,500 (7.5 percent) will utilize other modes of transportation for their getaway, an increase of 1.0 percent over last year.
  • Nationally, 3.5 million (7.4 percent) travelers, an increase of 1.4 percent from 2017, will look to other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses.

“With school out for summer, the Fourth of July holiday is typically the busiest summer travel holiday,” says Tracy E. Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Kicking summer in to high gear, over 300,000 more New Jerseyans will be traveling for Independence Day compared to Memorial Day just a little over a month ago.”

What’s causing the increase in travelers?

In addition to strong economic variables, the expected increase in travelers this year is helped by Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, giving travelers more flexibility to schedule a trip the weekend before or after the holiday.

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long as the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day, particularly in the late afternoon as commuters leave work and mix in with holiday travelers. Travel times could increase two-fold in the major metros across the U.S. Drivers should avoid peak commuting hours altogether or consider alternative routes.

“This Independence Day will be one for the record books, as more local travelers take to the roads, skies, rails and waterways than ever before,” Noble added. “Confident consumers with additional disposable income will look to spend on travel this holiday, building on an already busy summer travel season.”

Gas Up and Go

Higher prices at the pump are having little effect this Independence Day, with record number of travelers still planning to hit the road. Gas prices have consistently been declining since Memorial Day with New Jersey holding steady below the $3.00 per gallon mark.

Today

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

New Jersey

$2.88

$2.28

$2.09

$2.60

$3.57

$3.35

Pennsylvania

$3.00

$2.43

$2.42

$2.87

$3.77

$3.46

Delaware

$2.69

$2.14

$2.15

$2.66

$3.62

$3.42

National

$2.85

$2.23

$2.27

$2.77

$3.66

$3.48

 

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