2018 will see historic levels of travelers this July 4th, with traveler’s insurance group AAA forecasting a record-breaking 46.9 million people traveling more than 50 miles from their home. That’s a 5 percent increase over last year’s all-time high of 44 million Americans hitting the road for a fun-filled Independence Day getaway.

Of the near 47 million travelers, 39.7 million of them will be venturing out via road trip which means you can expect tons of traffic. AAA is estimating that people crossing through congested cities can expect up to double the travel time.

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Families hitting the road will want to avoid setting out on Tuesday, July 3rd––known as “Terrible Tuesday” because of the massive number of holiday travelers that will mix with people who leave work early to start their vacation. AAA recommends to avoid traveling during the late afternoon that day and to consider alternative routes that will keep you away from busy, metro areas.

The upswinging economy means more Americans are feeling comfortable using their disposable income on travel, which contributes to the high numbers expected this year. Additionally, because Independence Day falls on a Wednesday you can expect plenty of people to take long weekends either before or after the 4th.

Whether you and the fam pack up the car and hit the road this year or plan to celebrate at your neighborhood block party, we wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

––Karly Wood

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