More Texans are traveling for Fourth of July getaways this year than ever before, according to AAA.

The group estimated that more than 3.5 million people are traveling for Independence Day this year. That’s up 4.4% compared to last year. This will mark the sixth consecutive year of travel growth for the holiday.

“More Texans than ever before are planning to travel away from home for the upcoming Independence Day holiday period,” said Kent Livesay, Vice President & General Manager, AAA Texas. “Lone Star State residents are enjoying a strong economy and lower gas prices compared to this same time last year.”

Overall, national travel volume for the holiday is expected to rise 4.1% over last year to total nearly 49 million people, with an additional 1.9 million people planning road trips and other vacations to celebrate America’s birthday.

For the record-high 41.4 million Americans who will travel by automobile this Independence Day, INRIX, a global mobility analytics company, predicts drivers could face delays as much as four times a normal commute, with Wednesday, July 3 the worst day on the roads. In major metros, drivers could face delays as much as four times a normal commute. Nationwide, delays are expected to increase by approximately 9%.

INRIX predicts that 1-3 p.m. on July 4 as the worst time for travel with up to three times the normal delay.

“With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays around our major metros,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX. “Although travel times are expected to nominally increase throughout the week, hands down, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon will be the worst time to be on the road.”

The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as the five-day period from Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7.

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