AAA projects nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend.”

From Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4, it is projected that a record-breaking 43 million Americans will be traveling for the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend.

This is over 5 million more travelers than that of this year’s Memorial Day.

“We are well on our way for 2016 to be a record-breaking year for summertime travel,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. “This trend is welcome news for the travel industry and a sign that Americans are taking to our nation’s highways and skies like never before.”

They predict that much of this is due to the major drop in gas prices, which are at 11-year lows this holiday.

The current average for regular gas in the state of Tennessee is $2.093, whereas last year it was up to 50cents more, averaging $2.545. In Memphis, the average is currently $2.130, with a year ago up to $2.613.

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Eighty-four percent of holiday travelers – more than 36 million people – will drive to their Independence Day destinations, an increase of 1.2 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 2.2 percent over last year, with 3.3 million Americans taking to the skies this Independence Day.

Thus, more than 36 million people will be hitting the road for their Fourth of July festivities –  that’s an 84% increase from last year.

Travel by airlines, though, is only estimated to rise a mere 2.2 percent over last year, with 3.3 million Americans flying high for Independence Day.

In sum, whether you are traveling or staying home for the Fourth, I hope you all have plans to soak up this Summer sun, enjoy the low gas prices, and celebrate the U.S.A.!