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More NC residents to hit the road for Fourth of July

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More North Carolinians will travel for the Fourth of July holiday this year than during any year since before the recession, AAA Carolinas said Wednesday.

More than 1,060,500 people in the state are expected to fly or drive 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday, the most since 2007.

The organization is expecting a 5 percent increase in holiday travel over last year. The increase is being fueled by lower gas prices, an improvement in the economy and the fact that the holiday falls on Wednesday.

“We predict slightly more travelers will combine Thursday and Friday as part of their holiday weekend in order to enjoy Independence Day celebration activities, such as Wednesday night fireworks, encouraging travelers to stay at their destination overnight,” David E. Parsons, president and chief executive of AAA Carolinas, said in a statement.

Gas will be about 31 cents a gallon cheaper than it was on Memorial Day, and about 49 cents cheaper than it was last year on the Fourth of July, AAA said.

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