Gas prices will be higher this year for holiday travel

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching. With the holiday falling on a Friday this year, many are planning three-day weekend festivities.
 
With extended weekends comes a lot of travel. AAA believes 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend. This is a 2 percent increase from last year.
 
Not only will the highways be busier than last year, the gas prices will also be higher. 

The average price for gas in Charlotte and across North Carolina is currently $3.58 per gallon, a 12-cent raise from this time last year. In South Carolina, the current average is $3.41 per gallon. ​