LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern Californians will be celebrating their freedom to travel this Independence Day weekend, which is expected to be the biggest travel weekend on record, according to Auto Club.
More than 3 million Southern California residents will take an Independence Day vacation this year – a 1.3 percent increase over the 2015 Independence Day weekend, the Automotive Club of Southern California said in a statement.
Eighty percent of Southern California travelers, or 2.41 million, are expected to hit the road – an increase of 1 percent from last year’s 2.39 million car travelers. Another 375,000 are expected to travel by air – an increase of 3 percent from 2015, when 364,000 Southern Californians flew the friendly skies.
Statewide, more than 4.9 million are expected to travel over the Independence Day holiday, a 1.3 percent increase from last year, with 3.9 million going by car, up 1 percent from 2015, and 605,000 by air, up 3 percent. It’s apparently a national trend – AAA says Fourth of July travel will increase by 1.3 percent to 42.9 million from last year’s 42.3 million.