AAA predicts less SC travel over July 4th Holiday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - AAA Carolinas predicts that higher gas prices and a shorter holiday will mean fewer South Carolinians hit the road for July 4th this year.

The holiday falls on a Thursday, meaning the potential for a 5-day weekend. That's one day less than last year, when July 4th was on a Wednesday.

South Carolina's average gas price of $3.22 per gallon is the lowest in the country, but AAA says that's 11% higher than this time last year. On July 2, 2012, gas in South Carolina bottomed out at $2.91 per gallon.

The highest price right now is in Charleston at $3.26. South Carolina's cheapest gas is in Spartanburg at $3.13.

AAA says more than 470,000 South Carolinians will be on the roads over this year's July 4th holiday.