Fourth of July travel in New England is likely to outpace travel levels nationwide as more than 1.7 million New Englanders are projected to take some kind of trip over the three-day weekend, AAA Southern New England said.
Both regional and national estimates are up this year because of the improving economy, AAA Southern New England said.
AAA said it is projecting the number of Americans traveling this Fourth of July holiday weekend will increase 17.1 percent from 2009, with approximately 34.9 million travelers taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home.
"The landscape of the US economy is in a much different place than it was one year ago,” Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Southern New England senior vice president of public and government affairs, said in a statement. “It’s encouraging to see such growth this summer as Americans take to the road to visit family, friends, and great vacation destinations.”
AAA noted that the Fourth of July is typically the busiest travel holiday for roadside assistance calls.
"As temperatures rise, vehicles are put to the test," the press release.
AAA said its projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight, an economic research and consulting firm headquartered in Lexington.