July 4th a Big Travel Time for Chicago Residents

June 30, 2012

More residents are getting out of their Chicago real estate to celebrate their independence this Fourth of July, and it’s actually going to cost less this year.

According to the AAA, 2.4 million Illinois residents will travel over the holiday, a 4.9 percent increase over 2011. Nationwide, 42.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more, also a 4.9 percent increase over last year.

More Chicago residents are getting out of the city this Fourth of July.

The increase matches a decade high set in 2007 and represents an almost 42 percent rise from 2009.

And those travelers will be doing it cheaper.

According to the AAA, Independence Day travelers will spend $749 on average, a 7 percent decrease over last year’s prices.

Part of the savings will come because the holiday falls on a weekday, which allows for more flexibility and cheaper rates. Another reason: Falling gas prices. The average price for a gallon of gas in Illinois is $3.72, down from $3.93 in 2011.

“AAA’s projection for a decade high number of Independence Day travelers is being fed by Americans’ appetite for travel, a mid-week holiday and lower gas prices,” said Brad Roeber, Regional President AAA Chicago. “This is the second holiday this year where travelers indicated a determination to travel while economizing by actively seeking value-added travel options and activities.”

Hope you have fun over your Fourth of July holiday, whether you get out of town and stay right here at home.

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