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June 21, 2018
Nearly 47 Million Will Set Independence Day Holiday Travel Record

A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, a 5 percent increase from last year and the most travelers for the holiday since AAA began tracking 18 years ago.

The Independence Day holiday period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8. For the 39.7 million Americans planning a Fourth of July road trip, Tuesday will be the busiest day.

“We are already seeing a busy summer travel season and Independence Day will be no exception,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Consumers remain confident in the economy and have additional disposable income to put toward a summer getaway.”

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

The Numbers
Nearly 47 million Americans will travel for Independence Day, 5.3 percent more than last year.

  • This year will mark the fifth consecutive year of overall travel volume growth.
  • Travel by automobile will increase 5.1 percent to 39.7 million (85 percent of all travelers).
  • A record-breaking 3.8 million people will travel by air, a 7.9 percent increase and the ninth year of consecutive air travel volume increases.
  • Travel by train, bus or cruise ship will increase by 5.8 percent to a total of 3.5 million passengers.
Gas Prices
Motorists will find the most expensive Independence Day gas prices in four years. The current North Dakota average of $2.88 is 61 cents more than last year. The national average currently stands at $2.87.  Last year’s average price on July 4 was $2.22 in North Dakota and $2.23 nationwide.
Road Ready

AAA expects to rescue more than 362,000 motorists at the roadside around the Independence Day holiday. Dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience car trouble. AAA recommends motorists take their vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out. Oil changes, fluid level checks, battery tests and tire inspections go a long way toward reducing the chances of a breakdown.

AAA Mobile App
Before heading out on a trip for Independence Day, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at


Gene LaDoucer
phone: 701.893.3759
About the Travel Report
AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2018 Independence Day holiday travel forecast is available here.
About AAA - The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at

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