WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s an important weekend and whether you’re traveling or staying closer to home, we have everything you need to know nationwide this holiday weekend.
Heading out-of-town for the holiday? You’re one of 41 million.
AAA projects that’s how many Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day.
“AAA does find people do travel a lot this time of year. And because it is a three-day weekend,” said Brenda Wehrmeyer, Terre Haute AAA branch manager.
But if you are, gas will cost you a pretty penny. Something we’re getting used to.
The current price of a gallon of regular gasoline is about $3.70 nationwide.
That’s up 20 cents from this time last year.
“Part of it has to do with the middle east problems. That’s going to affect the gas prices,” sadi Wehrmeyer.
But despite the elevated gas prices, people are still making those trips.
“People travel. The United States is a traveling public. And they’ll do other things to cut the cost. For example, maybe they’ll stay with a relative versus staying in a hotel,” said Wehrmeyer.
But at least you won’t hit construction traffic in the Hoosier state.
Highway crews have suspended road work during this weekend. That runs from noon Thursday through Monday morning.
But congestion will still be an issue.
“Patience. That’s the top thing I’d tell people to have. Also, maybe find an alternate route. Instead of the interstate, take a state highway. That kind of eliminates some of the stress of having to sit in your vehicle like that. And plan ahead,” said Wehrmeyer.
But you don’t need to leave town to have a blast.
The Wabash Valley has you covered with Fourth of July celebrations, plenty of fireworks show and festivals to spend a little family stay-cation.
But no matter what you choose to do, or where you choose to go, make sure to stay safe, but above all, have fun.