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AAA: Record Numbers Expected on Roads for Holiday

June 26th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

More Americans than ever recorded by AAA, nearly 49 million, are making plans to honor the red, white and blue with an Independence Day getaway this year, more than 2 million more than last year. This trend holds true in Maryland, as AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that more than one million Marylanders will take to the roads, skies, rails and waterways to enjoy family, friends and fireworks. This reflects a 3.8 percent increase over last year’s forecast. The Independence Day holiday period is defined as Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7.   

“Independence Day is a time for the much loved family road trip and this year will be one for the record books, with more Americans than ever planning vacations,” said Ragina C. Ali, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “This holiday builds on the strong travel demand seen for Memorial Day, and with schools now out of session, families are eager to travel.”


By the Modes – 2019 National Fourth of July Holiday Travel Forecast Highlights

  • Automobiles: The vast majority of travelers – 41.4 million – will hit the road this Independence Day, the most on record for the holiday and 4.3% more than last year.
  • Planes: A record-breaking 3.96 million people will travel by air, the highest number on record, and 5.3 percent more than last year.
  • Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 0.6 percent to 3.53 million passengers.



2019 AAA Mid-Atlantic July Fourth Travel Projections


Total Travelers, 2018 Comparison

Automobile Travelers,  Percentage of Travelers and 2018 Comparison

Air Travelers 

Percentage of Travelers and 2018 Comparison

Other Modes Of Travelers,  Percentage of Travelers and 2018 Comparison



Up 3.8 percent from 995,300 in 2018


(87 percent)

Up 4.2 percent from 864,500 in 2018


(8 percent)

Up 5 percent from 75,600 in 2018


(5 percent)

Down 0.67 percent from 55,100 in 2018


48.9 million

Up 4.1 percent from 46.9 million in 2018

41.4 million

(84.6 percent)

Up 4.3 percent from 39.7 million in 2018

3.96 million

(8.1 percent)

Up 5.3 percent from 3.75 million in 2018

3.53 million

(7.5 percent)

Up 0.6 percent from  3.51 million in 2018


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