AAA Mid-Atlantic says a lot of folks will be heading out on the roads to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday.
Today is expected to be one of the heaviest traffic days, and a higher price for a gallon of gas this year isn’t stopping people from taking off for the Fourth of July Holiday.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says a record number of people will be vacationing over the holiday period, which is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.
“Confident consumers with additional disposable income will look to spend on travel this holiday, building on an already busy summer travel season,” said Ken Grant, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
AAA predicts nationally almost 47 million people will travel over the holiday period. That includes more than 124,000 Delawareans. Of those traveling, more than 110,000 will be traveling by auto. That is a 5.7 percent increase over last year.
DelDOT has said that it will suspend roadwork over the 4th of July, as it does for other holidays when traffic is likely to be higher. But those suspensions will only take place from 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.
Drivers can expect to pay an average of $2.70 per gallon, which is 56 cents higher than the cost at this time last year. That’s the highest it has been since 2014, according to gasbuddy.