Break out the barbecues. Light up the sparklers. The July Fourth holiday is right around the corner. And even though the Fourth falls in the middle of week this year millions of Americans will still travel somewhere to celebrate. Here's a look at what AAA says you can expect. Many Americans will be taking time off this week to celebrate the nation's birthday. According to AAA over 41 million travelers will leave home sometime between this past Friday and this coming Sunday, July 8. That represents an increase of nearly one percent compared to last year. The vast majority of those vacationers will drive to their destination. The travel group estimates 35 million will go by car. This is despite the fact that gas prices have been hovering around $3 a gallon on average, up nearly four percent from a year ago. But there is some good news. Prices have fallen around 7 percent since Memorial Day. Other vacation costs will be higher too for hotels and rental cars. And for those flying to their destination, be prepared for possible delays. AAA forecasts a 3.5-percent increase in the number of people traveling by plane. As airlines struggle with crowded planes and weather problems there has been an increase in flight delays and cancellations. One consolation: the travel group forecasts lower airfares this holiday compared to last.
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