Dearborn – AAA says it expects nearly 1.6 million people from Michigan to travel at least 50 miles from home for the July 4th weekend.

The auto club says Thursday it’s a 5.5 percent increase from the number of people from the state who traveled during last year’s holiday travel period. AAA says it’s the highest Michigan travel volume around Independence Day since it began tracking it 18 years ago.

The vast majority – nearly 1.4 million – will go by personal vehicle. More than 71,000 will travel by air. Others will go by train, bus or boat.

The Independence Day holiday travel period this year is defined as July 3 to July 8. With July 4 falling on a Wednesday, some may travel the weekend before the holiday.

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