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www.wmfd.com - You're running out of time to finalize your travel plans to celebrate the Fourth of July, which Elizabeth Corridan explains in today's Consumer Watch. }}" />

   
 
 
Consumer Watch With A 4th Of July Escape

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  Original Published: 6/30/2013 It's almost here. You're running out of time to finalize your travel plans to celebrate the Fourth of July! And no matter where you're going, you'll have plenty of company. Elizabeth Corridan explains in today's Consumer Watch. Some 40.8-million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more to get their fireworks, barbecues and Independence Day celebration, according to AAA. That's a slight decrease from last year, but the holiday weekend is also one day shorter than 2012 when the 4th fell on a Wednesday. Looking to avoid back-ups on the roads and at the airport? You can expect to see the heaviset volume on July 3 and 7 as people go to and return from their destinations. Most people, 84 percent, will be traveling by car. Eight percent will arrive via plane. And, it won't be a cheap weekend. Median spending is expected to be $747. You might notice an uptick in your hotel bill over last year. AAA repors a four percent increase in rates over the 2012 holiday at hotels that meet its three-diamond level. You'll see a much bigger increase if you're renting a car. Rates will average $58 a day, up 29 percent from last year. Gas prices are slightly higher than they were last year, but they're down from highs earlier in 2013. The national average of sel-serve unleaded gasoline is around $3.57 a gallon. Folks in Hawaii are paying the most to fill up with gas the cheapest in South Carolina. Happy travels.
   
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