With the 4th of July weekend just ahead, many Minnesotans will be declaring their independence from the pandemic by taking vacations for the first time in many months. Triple-A Minnesota’s Meredith Mitts, says more than 47-point-7 million Americans are planning getaways between July 1st and 5th:

“That means that we are nearly recovered from the pandemic levels. This is the second-highest Independence Day travel volume we have on record, trailing only behind 2019 with just 2.5% fewer Americans traveling this year compared to 2019.”

The travel predictions for the upcoming holiday represent an increase of nearly 40-percent compared to last year, which Mitts says is a remarkable figure.