AAA predicts a record 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home, a 2.9 percent increase compared to 2016. An extra-long weekend will contribute to this year's Independence Day travel surge, as the 4th of July falls on a Tuesday; AAA said the holiday weekend is defined as Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4. AAA Carolinas forecasts a record-breaking 1.25 million North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more away from home. An estimated 1.1 million North Carolinians will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.9 percent compared to last year.
An additional 94,000 North Carolinians are expected to travel by air to their destinations, a 4.6-percent increase from last year.