More travelers on the road this Fourth of July weekend

Maria Cirillo will drive more than 200 miles from Jacksonville to Fort Pierce to visit with her family for the Fourth of July.

She’ll eat hot dogs, hamburgers and “something festive,” like red, white and blue cupcakes.

The UF psychology sophomore won’t be alone.  

This year, AAA predicts 41.9 million people in the U.S. will travel 50 miles or more for fireworks and other Fourth of July festivities — the greatest number of Independence Day travelers since 2007. The company expects 2.09 million Floridians to drive, fly and ride to their destinations, a 1.3 percent increase from last year.

For Cirillo, whose dad lives in Jacksonville and whose mom lives in Sarasota, traveling long distances over the summer is the norm. She said she’ll drive about 300 miles this week, from Gainesville to a Say Anything concert in Jacksonville, then down the east coast to her grandparents’ home in Fort Pierce.

According to AAA, about 1.8 million Floridians are expected to drive to their destinations this weekend.

But Kirsten Palma, a UF mechanical engineering junior, won’t be among them.

Read more here.

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