This year’s projection surpasses the previous July 4th weekend record set in 2019 of 49 million travelers. What they're saying: "We’ve never projected travel numbers this high for Independence Day weekend," said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel. Travel by planeAround 4.17 million Americans are expected to fly to their destinations this Independence Day weekend. Airports are expected to be the most crowded on Thursday and Friday before the holiday weekend. About 3.4 million people are projected to travel by bus, cruise or train over the long weekend, per AAA.