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Experts share 4th of July trips and cost outlook

UPPER MICHIGAN, Mich. (WLUC) — July 4 is Monday, and travel and market experts have some outlook on vacation costs.

As the 4th of July approaches, more people will be on the road and in stores this week preparing for the celebrations.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority expects around 20,000 travelers to cross the bridge each day between Tuesday and Thursday.

“We’re expecting a big weekend in terms of traffic, but this spring and early summer we’ve had a bit of traffic compared to last year,” said Mackinac Bridge Manager, Kim Nowak.

Nowack said travel was down about 2% this month from a year ago.

To help travelers get to their destination quickly, the Michigan Department of Transportation has closed most of its active construction sites.

“We understand that delays are unfortunate and for this major holiday, we are doing everything we can to make travel as easy and safe as possible,” said MDOT North Region Communications Representative James Lake.

If you’re planning on having a barbecue this Independence Day, the Michigan Farmers Bureau found that the costs were slightly higher for food.

A Michigan Farmers Bureau study found that the average overall cost of a barbecue for 10 people is up 17% or about $10 per person from last year.

“I would say a lot of it has to do with energy costs and some grain supplies,” said Loren Koeman, chief economist at the Michigan Farmers Bureau. “Both are really influenced by the war in Ukraine.”

Howard Hughey, group public affairs director for AAA Auto Club Michigan, says one way to cut costs is to plan ahead.

“If you’re traveling by car, make sure your car is fully serviced so you don’t risk any breakdowns during your trip,” Hughey said.

If you’re planning to travel this July 4, travel experts suggest bringing extra water and food to cut expenses.

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