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Fourth of July gas prices could be the lowest since 2005

Fourth of July gas prices could be the lowest since 2005

USA TODAY
Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY
Published 7:02 a.m. ET June 30, 2017
Updated 1:47 p.m. ET June 30, 2017

Americans won't just celebrate the Fourth of July next week, but cheap gas too.

Some 37.5 million motorists will hit the road, up 2.9% from last year, in a driving marathon that should make it the most traveled Fourth of July holiday weekend ever, AAA says. It helps that the holiday falls on Tuesday, making it a four-day affair.

On Thursday, prices were about a nickel cheaper than a year ago. A gallon of regular gasoline was going for $2.24 a gallon nationally, down from $2.29 at the same time last year, according to AAA's daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Markets with the cheapest gas this week included South Carolina at $1.93 a gallon, Oklahoma at $1.95, Alabama at $1.99, Mississippi at $2 and Missouri at $2.01, AAA says.

Gasoline prices are so low that the expected price on Independence Day will be cheaper than it was on New Year's Day for the first time since GasBuddy.com, a consumer data tool, began tracking them 17 years ago... FULL ARTICLE

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