AAA: Millions expected to travel for Independence Day holiday
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Drivers across Virginia are seeing a little bit of relief at the pump as gas prices have dipped, down about six cents on average. Some places have gone down as much as 15 cents.
Demand is expected to pick up as people return to a pre-pandemic lifestyle.
AAA reports that 40 percent of people say gas prices will not affect their travel plans for the summer, including the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend.
Morgan Dean, a spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic, says the organization is predicting millions of people will be on the roads for the holiday, which will likely send gas prices back up.
“We're forecasting 48 million people will travel 50 or more miles over the Independence Day holiday. That's four percent higher than last year and just two percent shy of what we saw for the holiday back in 2019,” he said. “So, we're returning very close to pre-pandemic numbers."
People who aren’t planning to travel do have multiple local options, including the Celebrate US! Charlottesville fireworks show, which will air at 9 p.m. on Me-TV on July 4.