AAA Predicts Highest Number Of 4th Of July Travelers In 18 Years

June 21, 2018 - 9:49 am

DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) - If you're traveling this 4th of July, you'll be in good company.

AAA says it expects nearly 1.6 million people from Michigan to travel at least 50 miles from home for the July 4th weekend. That's a 5.5 percent increase from last year. 

AAA says it's the highest Michigan travel volume around Independence Day since it began tracking it 18 years ago.

The vast majority -- nearly 1.4 million -- will go by personal vehicle. More than 71,000 will travel by air, while others will go by train, bus or cruise ship.

Drivers Beware: Terrible Tuesday

AAA predicts drivers will experience the worst congestion over the holiday week on Tuesday, July 3 in the late afternoon – as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Travel times could increase two-fold in the metro Detroit area. Officials say the worst time for drivers will be between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on July 3. 

The Independence Day holiday travel period this year is defined as July 3 to July 8. With July 4 falling on a Wednesday, some may travel the weekend before the holiday.