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AAA Predicts Less Travel This July 4th

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Travel officials from AAA predict more than 40 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day. They said this is down about one million people from last year, but the numbers still indicate a recovering economy.

Numbers from AAA show 0.5% decline from last year in travel in northwestern state's, including Montana this holiday. That's just slightly lower than the national average.

"One of reasons we're looking at it is last year the holiday fell on a Wednesday, so people were more inclined to take advantage of the longer travel period they had there, so with it being on a Thursday, we're expecting it to be a little less," said Dawn Marie Douglas of AAA Missoula.

The travel period started Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

AAA officials said gas prices are unlikely to be a major factor in travel decisions this holiday, because they dropped in the last few weeks.

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