More than 47.7 million Americans are expected to take to the nation’s roadways and skies this Independence Day.

Between July 1–5, travel volumes are expected to almost fully return to pre-pandemic levels with the AAA predicting the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record.

Overall, just 2.5 percent fewer Americans are expected to travel this year compared to Independence Day in 2019. This represents an increase of nearly 40 percent compared to last year, when total travel fell to 34.2 million.

The AAA says while all modes of travel will see increased demand this Independence Day, road trips continue to dominate this summer with an expected 43.6 million Americans expected to drive to their destinations.

“Travel is in full swing this summer, as Americans eagerly pursue travel opportunities they’ve deferred for the last year-and-a-half,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President, AAA Travel. “We saw strong demand for travel around Memorial Day and the kick-off of summer, and all indications now point to a busy Independence Day to follow.”

Before hitting the road, AAA reminds motorists to plan their route in advance and ensure their vehicle is ready, to help avoid a breakdown along the way. AAA expects to rescue more than 460,000 Americans at the roadside this Independence Day weekend.

Motorists are advised not to leave home without an emergency roadside kit and continue to pack extra snacks or meals as well as cleaning supplies, including disinfecting wipes.