Less holiday travel forecast for Independence Day



Less holiday travel by vehicle is expected from residents of the Pacific Coast states of Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and Alaska over the coming Fourth of July holiday, despite a slight dip in fuel prices.

This year’s anticipated decline in automobile trips has more to do with the calendar, said Marie Dodds, a AAA spokeswoman. The July 4 holiday will land on a Thursday this year, as opposed to 2012’s Wednesday holiday, which encouraged more people to take most of the week off. AAA anticipates 6.3 million people — about 12.3 percent of the population in the five states — will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Independence Day weekend, down 0.7 percent from last year. According to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Vancouver is $3.82, down 16 cents from $3.98 a month ago and down from $3.85 at this time last year.