Nearly 1 Million Washingtonian To Travel July 4th

11:42 AM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - AAA Travel projects 967,000 people in the Washington metro area will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Fourth of July holiday. Officials say the number is a 1.8 percent decrease from the 984,000 people who traveled in 2012.

The decline may be due to mainly to a shorter holiday travel period and the sequester, say officials.  Lon Anderson, AAA Mid-Atlantic's Managing Director of Public and Government Affairs, said, "Between now and September, some government workers will lose nearly 11 days of pay. This will cast a pall over the summer travel period."

July 4th is a Thursday.

AAA says it's the fourth year in a row with more 900,000 Washingtonians traveling for July Fourth.  The majority of people will travel by car, and July 3 and 7 will be the busiest travel days, projects AAA.

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