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4th of July Travel Survey: 55%+ to travel (143m. Americans)

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50%+ say gas prices to affect plans, 52%+ to still road trip.

The Vacationer posted its Fourth of July 2022 Travel Survey to find out how many Americans will travel for Fourth of July or Fourth of July weekend this year, if high gas prices are affecting their plans (driving and flying), how many will take a road trip, and their primary mode of transportation,

The anonymous survey included 1,030 American adults over the age of 18 and was conducted online using SurveyMonkey's interface/audience on our behalf on May 1, 2022. Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Rowan College South Jersey, analyzed the survey.

Key Stats:

  • More than 55% (which is 143 million American adults) plan to travel for Fourth of July or Fourth of July weekend (8% increase from last year's survey).
  • Nearly 43% say their primary mode of transportation will be by car. More than 9% say they will fly, while the remaining 3.69% will take public transportation.
  • More than 50% say high gas prices are affecting their Fourth of July or Fourth of July weekend travel plans. 36.99% say because they want to drive, while 13.40% say because they want to fly.
  • Even with record-high gas prices, more than 52% say they will take some sort of road trip for Fourth of July or Fourth of July weekend.

Here are the full results:
1. Do you intend to travel for Fourth of July this year or Fourth of July weekend? If so, how?

  • Yes, primarily by plane. - 9.13%
  • Yes, primarily by car. - 42.62%
  • Yes, primarily by public transportation such as bus or train. - 3.69%
  • No. - 44.56%

Key Takeaway - More than 55% of American adults intend to travel for Fourth of July or Fourth of July weekend this year. The 55.44% equates to 143 million people based on the latest census. This is a nearly 8% increase from the 132 million that said they would travel for Fourth of July in our survey last year. The 9.13% that say they will fly represents nearly 24 million people. This is a 19% decrease or nearly 5 million less when compared to the 11.26% that said they would fly for the Fourth last year.

2. Will high gas prices affect your Fourth of July travel plans?

  • Yes, because I want to drive. - 36.99%
  • Yes, because high gas prices are affecting airfare prices. - 13.40%
  • No. - 49.61%

Key Takeaway - More than 50% of all American adults say gas prices will affect their Fourth of July travel plans this year. The 50.39% that say gas prices will affect their plans represents nearly 130 million people. This includes the 95 million that say gas prices will affect their plans because they want to drive. And, it also includes the 35 million people that say high gas prices are affecting airfare prices.

3. Will you take a road trip for Fourth of July or Fourth of July weekend this year?

  • No. - 47.77%
  • Yes, within 100 miles of my home. - 26.50%
  • Yes, within 250 miles of my home. - 13.88%
  • Yes, within 500 miles of my home. - 7.86%
  • Yes, within 1,000 miles of my home. - 2.43%
  • Yes, more than 1,000 miles from my home. - 1.55%

Key Takeaway - More than 52% of American adults say they will take a road trip for Fourth of July or Fourth of July weekend. The 52.23% represents nearly 135 million people. Despite high gas prices, people are going to be doing a lot of road-tripping this holiday. In fact, more than 25% or 66 million people intend to road trip more than 100 miles from home. Additionally, 3.98% or 10 million people intend to road trip more than 500 miles from home.

4. What activity are you most likely to take part in for Fourth of July this year?

  • Parade.  - 4.17%
  • BBQ or Cookout. - 41.07%
  • Fireworks. - 30.00%
  • Beach. - 11.75%
  • Lake. - 7.09%
  • Sporting Event. - 2.04%
  • Movie Theater. - 3.88%

Key Takeaway - More than 41% of American adults or 106 million people said a BBQ or cookout is the Fourth of July activity they are most likely to take part in. In second place was fireworks which was chosen by 30% or more than 77 million people. This is 4.6 times higher than the number of people who chose fireworks in our Memorial Day survey.

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