(NEWSnet) – If you'll be traveling at least 50 miles from home on or around the July 4 holiday, join the crowds.

As in: a lot of them.

Holiday travel forecasts and numbers so far from AAA, TSA and FAA are showing some pretty high numbers.

On the Road


AAA reports that a total of 70.9 million people will be traveling in the U.S. during the time frame from June 29 to July 7, with 60.6 million of them traveling on the road. The other travel modes in the calculation include air, train, bus and cruise.

The numbers for that date range are a 5% increase from 2023 – and an 8% increase from 2019, the agency said.

Another look at the holiday week travel comes from Hertz, which provided its rental car forecast to AAA. Hertz said its busiest vehicle pickup days around the holiday week are expected to be June 28, June 29 and July 3.

“With summer vacations in full swing and the flexibility of remote work, more Americans are taking extended trips around Independence Day,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel.

Because of the surge in traffic, INRIX, a provider of transportation data and insights, told AAA that driving time on road trips over the holiday week might take up to 67% longer than usual.

“Drivers in large metro areas can expect the worst traffic delays on Wednesday, July 3rd, as they leave town, and Sunday, July 7th, as they return,” said Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX.

In the Air


If you have booked a flight this summer, be aware that the Transportation Security Agency has recorded some of its highest passenger counts ever during the past four weeks. 

That includes June 23, which has the new record for most people screened in a single day with 2.99 million individuals passing through airport security.

But even that number could be beat later in the week, the TSA said in its report.

TSA screening numbers include both domestic and international passengers.

In a related forecast, Federal Aviation Administration expects Thursday June 27 to have over 53,000 flights in the air, which is busier than the air travel surges that happened just before Memorial Day weekend.


Where Are People Going?


AAA says in its holiday travel forecast that the top travel destinations in the U.S. for the week of July 4 include Seattle; Orlando, Fla.; Anchorage, Alaska; and Honolulu.

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