STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As the travel industry rebounds from the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more Americans are expected to travel for the Fourth of July than for any other holiday in the past year.
A new survey from The Vacationer found that more than 51% of American adults plan to travel for the Fourth of July this year, representing approximately 132 million travelers, based on 2020 census numbers.
“Fourth of July is traditionally one of the biggest travel periods of the summer. This year will be no different, especially as COVID-19 cedes within the United States. People will head to the beach, visit lake houses, attend cookouts and much more,” said Eric Jones, co-founder of The Vacationer.
Approximately 36.59% of survey respondents said they plan to travel by car this Fourth of July, with 11.26% traveling by plane, 3.56% traveling by public transportation and 48.59% not planning to travel at all.
Men are more likely to travel this Fourth of July, with 58.3% of men saying they’re planning a trip compared to just 44.62% of women. Men are also about twice as likely to be traveling by plane, with 14.76% of men reporting planned flights, compared to 7.69% of women.
The percentage of adults planning to travel for the Fourth of July is significantly higher than any other holiday in the past year, with just 27.17% of respondents having traveled for Memorial Day 2021, 15.09% traveling for Easter 2021, 23.40% traveling for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa 2020, 22.26% traveling for Thanksgiving 2020 and 14.72% traveling for Fourth of July 2020.
“The amount of people who will travel for Fourth of July this year is nearly double the amount that traveled for Memorial Day. In fact, more people will travel for Fourth of July this year than Memorial Day and Easter combined,” Jones said. “Additionally, the expected number of people traveling this year will be 3.5 times more than for Fourth of July last year. The warm weather and dropping COVID-19 cases is shaping this summer up to be especially busy for vacations.”
The majority of survey respondents said they plan to partake in perhaps the most common Fourth of July activities; barbecues and firework displays.
Nearly three-fourths, 73.41%, of respondents said they plan to attend a barbecue or cookout in celebration of the Fourth of July, with 61.31% saying they plan to view fireworks.
Visiting the beach or the lake were the third and fourth most popular activities, with 28.57% planning a beach trip and 22.22% expected to visit a lake.
The coronavirus is still causing some level of concern among travelers despite the increased amount of people expected to travel this Fourth of July.
Just 35.40% of survey respondents said the coronavirus was “no concern at all,” while 49.13% listed the virus as “slightly a concern” and 15.47% referred to it as “a big concern.”
“Despite more than 50% of Americans having at least one vaccine shot, it’s obvious many people are still very cautious about the ongoing pandemic. While people may begin to travel more, their caution and new pandemic behaviors will likely continue for some time,” Jones said.