2024 Independence Day travel is expected to exceed pre-pandemic numbers, according to AAA. 

AAA projects 70.9 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the Independence Day holiday travel period. This year's projected number of travelers is a 5 percent increase compared to 2023 and an 8 percent increase over 2019. 

For the first time, AAA looked at the entire July 4th Week, along with the Saturday before and the Sunday after the holiday. 

“Americans are embracing the opportunity to travel over the Independence Day holiday in record-breaking numbers,” said Bevi Powell, senior vice president, AAA East Central. “Whether by car, plane, or train, we are seeing more people planning extended trips over the holiday to celebrate with family and friends.”

Mid-Atlantic Region Independence Day Highlights: 

Method of Travel

Total Travelers

Increase from 2023


8.1 million


Air travel



Other (bus, train, ship, etc.)



Region Total

9.7 million


AAA projects a record 60.6 million people will travel by car over Independence Day week. This is an additional 2.8 million travelers compared to 2023. 

Additionally, AAA says gas prices are lower than last year when the national average was $3.53. 

Best and Worst Times to Travel by Car, According to AAA:

Best and Worst Times to Travel by Car


Worst Travel Time

Best Travel Time

Monday, Jul 1

Minimal Traffic Impact Expected


Tuesday, Jul 2

2:00 - 6:00 PM

After 7:00 PM

Wednesday, Jul 3

2:00 - 7:00 PM

Before Noon

Thursday, Jul 4

2:00 - 7:00 PM

Before Noon

Friday, Jul 5

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Before 10:00 AM

Saturday, Jul 6

10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Before 10:00 AM

Sunday, Jul 7

2:00 - 8:00 PM

Before 11:00 AM

Monday, Jul 8

1:00 - 5:00 PM

After 7:00 PM

Source: INRIX

Top Destinations, According to AAA: 



Seattle, WA

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Orlando, FL

London, England

Anchorage, AK

Rome, Italy

Honolulu, HI

Dublin, Ireland

Miami, FL

Paris, France

New York, NY

Calgary, AB, Canada

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Las Vegas, NV

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Denver, CO

Athens, Greece

Anaheim/Los Angeles, CA

Barcelona, Spain