July 4th travel estimated to nearly return to pre-pandemic levels

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — In the nearly two months since the Colonial Pipeline hack caused gas shortages and price increases at the pump, gas prices in our area have barely changed at all.

At many gas stations in Lynchburg, the price hasn’t changed by a penny.

Morgan Dean, the Mid-Atlantic spokesperson for AAA, says average gas prices are now at $2.93 per gallon, making this an expensive holiday weekend for travel.

“We’re paying the most that we have paid for gas going into the Independence holiday since back in 2014 seven years ago, so it is an expensive year, but we are not seeing that change people’s minds on traveling,” said Dean.

Last year was a low travel year because of the pandemic. In 2020, he says 968,458 Virginians traveled on the July 4th weekend.

However, AAA estimates this year will look a lot more like 2019, estimating only one percent fewer travelers this year compared to two years ago.

In 2019, AAA says 1.34 million Virginians traveled for the July 4th weekend. They are estimating 1.33 million travelers this holiday weekend.

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