(NEW YORK) — Celebrating the nation’s birthday by seeing a little more of it? You’re not the only one — millions of Americans will be hitting the road for the Fourth of July weekend, AAA says.
The automobile group projects 40.8 million people will watch fireworks at least 50 miles away from home this year. That’s down 0.8 percent from the 41.1 million Americans who traveled in 2012.
Doug Shupe with AAA says the slight decrease is mainly because July 4 falls on a Thursday this year.
“The decline in Independence holiday travel this year is really attributed to the holiday period reverting back to the traditional five-day travel period, unlike last year, when it was six days,” Shupe says.
What’s more, analysts say, Americans are still feeling economically on edge and a little less willing to spend money on travel this summer.
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