For the third year in row, the Fourth of July is falling on a day that gives most Nebraskans a three-day weekend. That’s one reason why AAA-Nebraska’s Gail Weinholzer is projecting more people than ever before will be hitting the road for the holiday.
“We expect more than 43-million Americans to travel at least 50 miles or more. That is the highest on record, in fact, it’s 5-million more than this past Memorial Day weekend,” Weinholzer says.
The biggest factor in the motor club’s prediction is gasoline prices.
“It’s been 11 years since we’ve had prices this low on the Fourth of July weekend,” Weinholzer says. In Nebraska, the statewide average gas price is well below last year as the holiday approached.
“The average across Nebraska is $2.28, while a year ago it was $2.72, so that’s 44-cents below a year ago,” she says.
AAA reports, nationwide, the average motorist has saved about $100 on gasoline so far this year compared to the first six months of 2015.