(Philadelphia) -- People traveling for the Independence Day holiday this year are expected to spend less while they're away.
AAA's annual study of July 4th weekend travel shows nearly 5.7 million people in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey are expected to take trips.
AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Jenny Robinson says travelers are going to less-expensive destinations.
"Forty-nine percent of people are telling us they're going to dine out, but last year's response was 62 percent, so where is that double-digit decline going," Robinson says. "Well, we saw a double-digit increase in the number of respondents telling us they're going to visit national or state parks."
Robinson says the cutback in travel spending may be based on people having lower take-home pay and concerns about unemployment and other economic issues.
Nationwide, the travel club expects some 40 million people to travel for the holiday weekend.
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