Americans who decide to travel get a longer holiday this year

9:39 PM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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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

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