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AAA Hawaii: Independence Day Holiday Travel Expected To Break Records For Pacific States

Honolulu Will Be A Top Destination For U.S. Travelers

July Fourth 2024 AAA Hawaii

AAA Hawaii projects an all-time record number of Pacific State travelers over the extended Independence Day holiday travel period.* More than 10.8 million residents of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington will take getaways over this Fourth of July period, which will be 5.2% higher than last year and 7.5% higher than 2019, before the pandemic. Nationally, nearly 71 million people are expected to travel, which is also a new record for the holiday. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as the nine-day period from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, July 7.

“This Fourth of July holiday is continuing the trend started over Memorial Day with new record levels of travel,” said Jena Miller, AAA Hawaii vice president of travel products and services. “The biggest increase this holiday for Pacific State residents is in air travel, which is expected to jump by nearly 16% over last year due in part to slightly less expensive domestic airfares.”

By the Numbers

HI travel volume - HI chart July 4th 2024
US travel volume - HI chart july 4th 2024

Top Destinations

Honolulu will be among the top five domestic destinations for U.S. travelers over this holiday, according to AAA travel booking data. Other top destinations are Seattle, WA; Orlando, FL; Anchorage, AK; and Miami, FL. Top international destinations for Independence Day include Vancouver, Canada; London, England; Rome, Italy; Dublin, Ireland; and Paris, France.

Gas Prices, Vacation Costs, and Travel Trends and Tips

  • Gas prices are very close to the same level they were in Hawaii at this time last year. The national gas price average is about 10 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. Travelers who are taking road trips can find the least expensive gas prices along their route by using the free AAA Mobile app.
  • Car rentals, domestic airfares, and both domestic and international tours and cruises are less expensive than at this time last year, while international airfares are up by 7%, domestic hotel rates are up by 17% and international hotel rates are 14% higher than at this time last year.
  • For the majority of travelers who are driving to their destinations, AAA strongly recommends a pre-trip vehicle checkup by a trusted mechanic. AAA expects to come to the rescue of nearly 800,000 drivers nationwide and more than 900 drivers in Hawaii over the July Fourth travel period. Visit to find a trusted local AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility.

AAA Hawaii recommends air travelers to:

  • Arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international departures.
  • Reserve airport parking ahead of time.
  • Check in online at home to avoid long lines in terminals.
  • Download your airline’s app to be notified immediately of any flight changes.
  • Consider applying for TSA PreCheck if you’re a frequent traveler.

AAA Hawaii recommends drivers taking road trips to:

  • Get at least seven hours of sleep before driving to avoid drowsiness behind the wheel.
  • Ensure everyone wears a seatbelt for the entire trip.
  • Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated. Remember that driving distracted can be just as deadly as driving while impaired.
  • Pack snacks, bottled water, phone chargers and an emergency roadside kit.

*Independence Day Holiday Travel Period

For this forecast, the Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as the nine-day period from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, July 7. Historically, the Independence Day holiday period included only one weekend. This is the first year the Independence Day holiday travel period is a longer timeframe with two weekends included. AAA extended this 4th of July forecast due to many people working from home and many who take longer summer vacations during the week of Independence Day.

About AAA

Started in 1902 by automotive enthusiasts who wanted to chart a path for better roads in America and advocate for safe mobility, AAA has transformed into one of North America’s largest membership organizations. Today, AAA provides roadside assistance, travel, discounts, financial and insurance services to enhance the life journey of 62 million members across North America, including 56 million in the United States. To learn more about all AAA has to offer or to become a member, visit



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