Travel in Carolinas up 12 percent for Fourth of July

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolinas AAA says travel in the two states will increase about 12 percent this Fourth of July as a result of the improving economy and pent-up demand for vacations.

The motor club is predicting that 930,000 North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more this weekend — about 844,000 by car.

In South Carolina, about 450,000 people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, with some 410,000 behind the steering wheel.

Club president and CEO David Parsons says gas prices this Independence Day are comparable to a year ago. Parsons said a lot of people decided not to take a vacation away from home last July, but people seem more optimistic about the economy this year.

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