Of the 530,000 expected to travel 50 or more miles from
home, 460,300 are predicted to drive (a 2.6-percent decline from last
year), while 62,500 will fly (a 10-percent increase).
“AAA is projecting a slight decline in the total number of
Independence Day travelers mainly due to fuel prices being a bit less
than $1 per gallon higher than last year,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for
Three percent fewer Americans are expected to drive over the
holiday than in 2010, a total of 32.8 million, but 9 percent more
Americans will fly, a little more than 3 million. Overall, American
travel is expected to be down by 2.5 percent.