Coloradans expected to travel in record numbers for July 4th

Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 17:26:15-04

AAA says there will be record numbers of Coloradans traveling more than 50 miles for the upcoming July 4th holiday.

This numbers reflect a seven percent increase from last year, according to a release. Nearly 810,000 Coloradans are expected to travel more than 50 miles on Independence Day.

A majority of those travelers will be driving, adding to the 39.7 million Americans planning to go on a road trip for the 4th, according to a release. The travel period will run from July 3 through Sunday, July 8.

"Everything that’s making 2018 a record year for travel nationally is amplified in Colorado," said Skyler McKinley, AAA Colorado spokesman. "With one of the lowest unemployment rates ever recorded in any state’s history, consumer confidence is high. The bottom line: If you’ve got even a little disposable income in 2018, the odds are good that you’re using it to travel."

AAA says the boost in travel is due to the holiday falling on a Wednesday, giving travelers a little more wiggle room with planning a trip the weekend before or after the holiday.

A global transportation analytics company expects the worst congestion to happen on Tuesday, July 3 in the late afternoon. According to a release, Coloradans can also expect to pay an average of $2.83 per gallon for gas.

Lastly, AAA expects to rescue more than 362,000 motorists around the holiday. Dead batteries, lockouts, and flat tires will be the leading reasons people have car troubles, so be aware!