FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AAA projects a historic travel volume for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend: a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans plan to travel 50 miles or more away from home, embracing freedom on the nation’s roads, rails, skies and waterways. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will mark the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

Of the 44.2 million, nearly 1.3 million in New Jersey are planning a getaway for the holiday weekend, the most in a decade. July 4 falls on a Tuesday this year and for many, the extra-long weekend allows for the opportunity to travel.

“Strong employment, combined with rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry,” said Cathleen Lewis, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations for AAA Northeast. “This historic number of travelers will add to an already bustling summer travel season.”

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Travel by the Numbers

Automobile

  • New Jersey – 1,071,128 (84% of travelers), a 0.9% increase from last year.
  • Nationally – 37.504 million (84.8% of travelers), up 2.9% from 2016.

Air

  • New Jersey – 103,923 (8.2% of travelers), an increase of 4% from 2016.
  •  Nationally – 3.445 million (7.8% of travelers), 4.6% more than last Independence Day.

Train, Bus, Watercraft or Other Mode

  • New Jersey – 99,801 (7.8% of travelers), a 0.9% increase from 2016.
  • Nationally – 3.273 million (7.4% of travelers), up 1.4% from last year.

The average price for a gallon of gas in New Jersey has dropped every day this month to June 28’s average of $2.29. However, New Jersey drivers are paying more for gas this Fourth of July holiday than last ($2.29 vs. $2.10), due to the gas tax increase that took effect in November.

Nationally, gas prices remain historically low for the summer travel season. However, consumer may see small price increases closer to the holiday weekend, similar to the Memorial Day gas price trend.

AAA expects to rescue more than 338,000 motorists this Independence Day weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and batter-related issues. AAA recommends motorists take their vehicle to a trusted repair facility for any maintenance before heading out. Oil changes, fluid level checks, battery tests and tire inspections go a long way toward reducing the changes of a breakdown.

The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4. AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. 

AAA Northeast in New Jersey provides automotive, travel, insurance, financial and educational services to its nearly 400,000 members in Essex, Morris and Union Counties.