AUSTIN, TX (KAUZ) - Texas roadways are expected to be packed for the Fourth of July weekend.
AAA Texas said more than 3.2 million people in the Lone Star State will travel this Independence Day weekend.
That number is a 3.2-percent increase in overall travel volume from last year.
The Fourth of July holiday travel period is defined as Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4.
"Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular, this Independence Day weekend," said Kent Livesay, AAA Texas Vice President and General Manager in a statement. "A historic 3.2 million Texans will travel to celebrate our nation's freedom this year, adding to an already bustling summer travel season."
Nationally, 44.2 million people will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday, which is up nearly three percent from last year.
In Texas, 2.7 million people will travel by automobile, 299,000 by air travel, and 190,00 by trains, buses, or cruise ships.