2.7 Million Illinoisans Expected To Travel For Fourth Of July Holiday Weekend

About 2.5 million Illinois travelers will be hitting the road between July 3-7

Jim Gudas
June 27, 2019 - 11:19 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you are planning to travel for the Fourth of July, you will be far from alone. 

Nick Jarmusz of AAA said nearly 49 million Americans plan to travel at least 50 miles from home between Wednesday, July 3 and Sunday, July 7 with nearly 2.7 Illinoisans among them. Both the national and Illinois figures are about 4 percent higher than last year.

Nationally about 41 million of those travelers will hit the roads, while in Illinois a little over two-and-a-half million will drive.

Jarmusz said gas prices are about 23 cents a gallon cheaper than they were a year ago, and should offset the rise in Illinois gas taxes on July 1. He said airfares are up about 10 percent.

He also predicts congestion will be worst on Chicago-area expressways and tollways on the afternoon of Friday, July 5 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Jarmusz said in addition to lower gas prices compared with last summer, broader economic fundamentals remain strong. Low unemployment, robust consumer spending, and rising disposable incomes are all encouraging more consumers to invest their hard-earned money in travel this summer.

“As Independence Day approaches, it’s time for the much loved family road trip and this year will be one for the record books, with more Americans than ever planning vacations,” Jarmusz said. “This holiday builds on the strong travel demand seen for Memorial Day, and with schools now out of session across the country, families coast to coast are eager to travel.”