WASHINGTON — AAA projects 41.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day weekend, the most since 2007.

AAA says it’s a 0.7-percent increase from the 41.6 million people who traveled last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5.

“This Independence Day, more people will get in their cars, board airplanes, and take buses, trains and cruise ships to celebrate our nation’s freedom with friends and family,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President. “Independence Day is typically the busiest summer travel holiday.”

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AAA is predicting 2.6 million residents in D.C., Maryland and Virginia to hit the roads for the holiday weekend.

Rising income is prompting more Americans to take a holiday trip this year, according to AAA. Despite recent seasonal increases, gas prices remain well below year-ago levels.

The Maryland Transportation Authority anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday through Sunday.

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