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Travel To Increase Over 4th Of July Holiday

Monday, June 30th, 2014 -- 10:09 AM

Triple-A projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from last year.

In Wisconsin, the percentage is even higher. Nearly 872-thousand people are expected to travel for the Fourth of July, a 2.2 percent increase compared to last year.

Pam Moen with Triple-A Wisconsin says the Fourth of July holiday is typically the busiest summer travel holiday, mostly because school is out for the summer. The fact that Independence Day falls on a Friday this year is likely providing a boost as well.

The holiday travel period starts on Wednesday and goes through Sunday.

Most travelers -- 765,000 -- plan to get to their destinations by car, and almost 40,000 will fly. The remaining 67,000 travelers will go by rail, bus or ship. Moen says nearly five million more Americans are expected to travel for Independence Day than did for Memorial Day.

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