More people traveling this Fourth of July

By Kelly McCarthy

July 3, 2014 Updated Jul 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM EDT

Kirkwood, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Millions of Americans will be hitting the road to celebrate the Fourth of July.

AAA said the week leading up to the Fourth of July is the busiest travel week of the year. This year, the company is expecting even more travelers than usual- about a two percent increase from last year.

"This year, the holiday falls on Friday, so everybody has a three day weekend," said Richard Jacobs, President of AAA Southern Tier, "And that's one of the reasons we expect more people to be traveling."

On Thursday, the New York Welcome Center was packed with families getting a head start on holiday travel.

"It's really ideal that Fourth of July comes on a Friday," said Amanda Farag, from New Jersey. "It's just perfect for going on a nice trip."

Gas prices in the Southern Tier this year are 20 cents higher than last year.

The average price per gallon in Binghamton is $3.84, while the national gas average is around $3.67 per gallon.

During vacation preparations, one family said gas prices didn't affect their trip at all.

"We did have a quick conversation about how gas prices are going up, but we're not driving that far to really affect us," said Brad Wirz, from Maryland.

Jacobs said gas prices don't usually keep people from traveling, since the majority of travel expenses are found elsewhere.

"The significant portion of the travel dollar spent is on restaurant meals and hotels," he said.

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