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Independence Day travel expected to hit record numbers in Michigan

Musa Haef

AAA anticipates about 80 million people will traveling across the country this upcoming holiday weekend, and around 2.6 million of those will be Michiganders.

“There will be 3.5 million more travelers than last year," said Debbie Haas, vice president of travel for AAA in a statement. "That means even more people at airports and popular attractions like beaches, lakes, and theme parks."

The anticipated numbers come with steady concern over the economy, inflation and gas prices. Even with money on the mind, people will still travel, according to AAA.

“Holiday travel is really no different from holiday to holiday. Usually, folks will have the time off. Inflationary pressures are not stopping folks from traveling this year, nor did it stop folks from traveling last year,” said Adrienne Woodland, a spokesperson for AAA.

The average price of gas in Michigan is $3.64, up about ten cents more when compared to last year.

Woodland anticipates the price will go up over the weekend due to demand, but due to Hurricane Beryl.

If the hurricane makes landfall along the Gulf of Mexico, there's a chance it could hit oil rigs and refineries, disturbing the supply chain production of gas. If the chain is interrupted, gas prices could spike, Woodland said.

Woodland recommends paying close attention to traffic patterns and limiting distractions while on the road.

Ellie Frysztak is a newsroom intern for WCMU.
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