The upcoming Independence Day holiday would ordinarily be a very busy one for vacationing Minnesotans, but a new estimate finds travel will be down about 15-percent this summer, compared to last year. Triple-A Minnesota spokesman Mark Peterson, says the COVID-19 pandemic has more people itching to get out and go, but fewer of them are expected to hit the road, just to be on the safe side:

“It won’t be as busy, it’s going to be down,” Peterson says. “People are still going to be concerned and conservative in the way they address some of their travel. It’s kind of like a wait-and-see attitude.”

Leisure air travel is predicted to be down 74-percent between July and September from a year ago. Worse yet, travel by rail, bus or cruise ship is expected to fall 86-percent for the quarter, compared to 2019.