Just as with Memorial Day, this year's Independence Day will draw a larger number of travelers to the roads than we've seen in some time.
According to AAA, 42.3 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from their homes during this year's July 4th holiday weekend, which the source defines as July 3 through July 8. The data shows a 4.9 percent increase from last year's figures, and if the prediction is accurate, it would tie with the highest number of travelers in the last decade, which was set in 2007. Perhaps the most staggering statistic is that the estimate represents a nearly 42 percent increase since 2009.
Bill Sutherland, vice president of AAA Travel Services, said in a statement that the spike in expected July 4th travelers this year is the result of a combination of things: the fact that the holiday falls in the middle of the week, decreases in gas prices across the country and the general "appetite" that Americans have for traveling.
"This is the second holiday this year where travelers indicated a determination to travel while economizing by actively seeking value-added travel options and activities," Sutherland said. "A healthy travel industry is critical to the overall well-being of our economy and consistent increases in travel are encouraging."
Travelers who do not intend to driving themselves to their destination this July 4th holiday and would like to avoid dealing with the complications that come with public transportation can book luxury transportation for themselves and their family. Hermes Worldwide not only offers fine limousines, they also specialize in group transportation and airport van service in major cities all over the globe.