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South Florida travelers hit the road for Fourth of July weekend

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jul 02, 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Drivers are hit the roads Friday ahead of the long July Fourth weekend and are seeing some of the highest gas prices since 2014.

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The latest figures from AAA show that the average cost for regular unleaded in the U.S. is $3.126, which is $1 more than at this time last year.

The average cost for regular gas in Florida is about $3.

AAA estimates that about 2.4 million Floridians are taking a trip for the holiday.

That figure could be the second-biggest travel weekend on record -- 36 percent higher than the holiday travel weekend in December.

Many residents who are staying in the state said they are headed to Orlando for some family fun.

"[Orlando] is the place to be this weekend," said one traveler in South Florida.

"We're going to Disneyworld," said another traveler.

Those heading to Central Florida's theme parks said they don't mind the crowds since last year they were locked down because of the pandemic.