NEW YORK -- Americans who decide to go away this July Fourth holiday have more free days this year.
That's because July Fourth falls on a Wednesday.
AAA says last year, when July Fourth fell on a Monday, 40.3 million people traveled.
This year, AAA projects that 42.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home between July 3 and July 8.
That's roughly the same amount that traveled in 2007, the last time July Fourth fell on a Wednesday.
AAA's Robert Sinclair Jr. says the drop in the price of gas is also helping travelers who take to the roads.
Gas is now an average $3.33 per gallon. That's down from almost $4 in early April.
The Associated Press