Many of us are planning to hit the road for this long July 4th holiday, but Brian Thomas, President of the Akron AAA tells AkronNewsNow not quite as many as last year. " We're predicitng 40.8 million Americans will take a trip over the Independence Day holiday and this is point eight percent, a little less than one percent decrease from last year's travel."
Thomas says the fact this July 4th falls mid-week means more folks are curtailing their travel, where that might not be the case if it were a three day holiday weekend.
High gas prices may have also had an impact. " The fuel prices of the last couple of months did have somewhat of a depressing effect on people planning their travel for the summer," says Thomas.
Brian Thomas says many local residents are also combining July 4th holiday travel with their vacations