NORMAN — More Oklahomans are planning to hit the road for the Independence Day holiday next week. The increase may be from the Fourth of July falling on a Friday. It makes for an easy long weekend or a short work week.
AAA Oklahoma predicts 552,600 Oklahomans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the long Independence Day holiday this year, 2.6 percent more than last year.
Nationally, AAA projects 41 million Americans will journey over the holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million who traveled last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 2 to Sunday, July 6.
It comes as gasoline pump prices have soared in recent weeks. It increased 14 cents a gallon in a little over a month. Much of that is being blamed on uncertainties in the Middle East.
The prices are the highest since Independence Day in 2008. The national average price of gas this past week, $3.684, is 14 cents per gallon more expensive than the average on June 26, 2013. AAA says it’s not enough of an increase to discourage travel but it could make you pack a lunch and buy fewer souvenirs.
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