Marylanders traveling for July 4 holiday to increase

More than 870,000 Marylanders are expected to travel 50 miles or more during the July 4 holiday weekend, the highest figure for the period since at least 2001. The figure is up 2.3 percent over last year, reflecting lower gas prices and an improved jobs market, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The holiday period is defined as July 1-5.

Some 87 percent of Marylanders traveling over the holiday are expected to do so by automobile. At $2.76 on Thursday, the average price for a gallon of gas in Maryland is at its lowest price in five years, according to AAA. Seven percent will travel by airplane, while 6 percent will do so by bus, train or watercraft.

Meanwhile, Marylanders will also see lower tolls across the state next weekend. Gov. Larry Hogan announced last month he was rolling back multiple tolls starting July 1, including from $6 to $4 for cars traveling over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Nationally, nearly 42 million Americans are expected to travel for the July 4 holiday.

Source: Baltimore Business Journal