AAA says 41 million Americans will set out for July 4 celebrations, high prices will greet them

 The Fourth of July is almost here and Americans have about two weeks to finalize their travel plans.

According to AAA, nearly 41 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more to get to their Independence Day celebrations.

That marks a slight decrease from last year, but the holiday weekend is also one day shorter than 2012, when Independence Day fell on a Wednesday.

Travelers looking to avoid congestion on the roads and at the airport may want to avoid July 3 and July 7, as those days are usually the busiest.

Eighty-four percent of Americans will travel by car and 8 percent will fly.

Travelers may find it will not be a cheap weekend, as median spending is expected to be $747.

Some travelers may also notice their hotel bills have gone up, as AAA reports a 4 percent increase in rates over the 2012 holiday at hotels that meet its Three Diamond level.

Car rentals will also cost more, as rates will average $58 a day, up 29 percent from last year.

Gas prices are slightly higher than they were last year, but they are down from earlier 2013 highs, as the national average for self-serve is around $3.57 per gallon.

The most expensive prices can be found in Hawaii, while South Carolina travelers will pay the lowest prices.


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