Gas prices expected to hit 6-year high for Fourth of July


by WHAS11

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 1:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gas prices are expected to hit a 6-year high for your Fourth of July weekend. Right now, the national average is $3.67 for a gallon of regular gas. Compare that to prices in Louisville where gas averages $3.82 a gallon. And it's only expected to climb.

"It hits the pocket pretty good," Kyle Emery, from Salem, Ind. said.

Emery is one of many area residents staying home for the holiday weekend.

"It affects where I go. If I go in my truck, it only gets 15 miles to the gallon," Neil Taylor said.

Some locals say traveling for the Fourth of July isn't worth the traffic headaches and high gas prices.

But for Olive Hill resident Bronston Bradley, he won't let that stand in the way of a weekend celebration with family and neither are nearly 41 million other Americans, according to AAA.

"It is what it is. You gotta pay it and go on. Either that or you don't go," Bradley said.

The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, and many Americans won't be satisfied with just a three-day weekend. Travelers are stretching it to four, making Thursday, the busiest and most expensive day for travel on the road and in flight.

"I'll be traveling back home tomorrow for the weekend," Bradley said.

He says he'll take high gas prices over traffic troubles any day.

"It's a nightmare. My biggest pet peeve is stupid drivers and they're all out there, texters, talking on the phone, speed up, speed down," Bradley said.

Looking for an alternative? It may be worth it, to wait for your next vacation. Come August, travelers can get better deals to the same destinations.

As always, hit the road with caution. The National Safety Council estimates that 385 traffic deaths and 41,200 injuries will occur from 6 p.m. July 3 through midnight Sunday.