June 28, 2023- AAA has projected an estimated 50.7 million Americans to be traveling 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day weekend, setting a new record for this holiday. Domestic travel over the long weekend will increase by 2.1 million people compared to 2022. This year’s projection surpasses the previous July 4th weekend record set in 2019 of 49 million travelers.
Air travel is also expected to set a record breaking number during this July fourth weekend. AAA has projected an estimated 4.17 million Americans will fly to their destination Independence Day weekend, an increase of 11.2% over 2022 and 6.6% over 2019. The previous July 4th weekend air travel record of 3.91 million travelers was set in 2019.
Other modes of transportation are also on the rise this year. AAA expects 3.36 million people will travel by bus, cruise, or train over the long weekend, an increase of 24% over last year. While more travelers are turning to these modes this year, the number is not expected to surpass 2019’s total of 3.54 million.