TOWSON, Md. (AP) — AAA Mid-Atlantic is projecting a slight decline in the number of residents from Maryland and the Washington area traveling at least 50 miles from home during the Independence Day holiday.
On Thursday, AAA estimated 798,400 Marylanders will be traveling next week, a decline of less than 1 percent compared to last year. In the Washington area, AAA projects 967,000 people will travel, which is a decline of 1.8 percent.
Still, it would be the fourth year in a row that more than 900,000 Washington-area travelers took a trip for the holiday, up from only 686,100 in 2009. Independence Day is typically the busiest holiday of the summer travel season.
The expected decline is primarily due to a shorter holiday period, according to AAA. July 4 falls on a Thursday this year, while it fell on a Wednesday last year. The holiday travel period is defined as July 3-7.
About 106,000 Delaware residents are expected to travel for the holiday, which is about the same as last year.
AAA projected that about 86 percent of the travelers are expected to travel by car this year, which is a slight decrease from last year. Air travel is expected to be flat or down slightly.
AAA also said Marylanders will travel shorter distances to reach their destinations, compared to the national average.