Nearly three million Texans will travel 50 miles or more during the Independence Day week, AAA says. The projected 2.98 million travelers would be a 4.7 percent increase over last year.
AAA's projections cover travel between Tuesday, July 3 and Sunday, July 8.
“The increase in travel on this Fourth of July is a result of Texans’ desire for travel, a mid-week holiday where many travelers may choose to extend their vacation and lower gas prices,” said Rhonda Wilson, AAA Texas Vice President Branch Operations.
Car travel is by far the most popular mode. An estimated 2.5 million Texans will travel by automobile, followed by 276,000 by air and 217,000 by trains, buses and other forms.
Average distance: 987 miles round-trip.