BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you are planning a Fourth of July trip, you’re not alone. A record number of Marylanders will be traveling over the holiday weekend.
Tracey Leong explains.READ MORE: Two Teenagers Shot, One Killed, At Inner Harbor During Memorial Day Weekend, Police Say
With a combination of steady job growth and lower gas prices, Marylanders are ready to splurge on their weekend getaway.
Across the country, 42 million people are expected to travel for the Fourth of July weekend.
“Americans as well as Marylanders are feeling very optimistic with the economy,” said Ragina Cooper-Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic.
It’s projected that 754,000 will be going by car, 65,000 by air and 52,000 by bus or train.
Prices dropping at the pump also an encouraging reason to get out of town.
“We are seeing the lowest gas prices for the Fourth of July holiday weekend than we have seen in the last five years,” said Averella.
“Everybody loves lower gas prices,” said Karen Smith.READ MORE: Baltimore City And Surrounding Communities Experiencing High Community Transmission Of COVID-19
A huge benefit this holiday, since nearly 90 percent of travelers will be driving.
“It’s nice to fill up the car all the way,” said Isaac Lunt, driver.
And with tolls being slashed across the state beginning July 1, motorists will be able to put their extra cash towards good use.
“Travel more, have extra dollars in your pocket. Two benefits right there,” said Lunt.
“When we travel, my lady friends and I, we like to go shopping and put money back in the neighborhood,” asid Smith.
While travelers will save at the pump, they can also expect to pay a little more than last year’s Fourth of July weekend on lodging and airfare–rates have both gone up.MORE NEWS: Gervonta Davis, Longtime Trainers, Ready For Main Event Showdown
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