- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - More than a half-million Oklahomans are expected to hit the roads for the Fourth of July holiday next weekend.

AAA Oklahoma predicts that 552,600 Oklahomans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the long weekend. That’s up 2.6 percent from last year. The organization estimates that 86 percent of those travelers will get to their destination by car, with 12 percent traveling by plane.

Nationally, AAA predicts that 41 million Americans will travel over the holiday weekend, up 1.9 percent from last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to Memorial Day.

This year, drivers will pay the highest gasoline prices for Independence Day since 2008. Oklahoma’s average price Thursday is $3.52 per gallon, compared to $3.39 a year ago.

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