AAA: 4.6 million Californians will be on the move over holiday weekend

High heat and gas prices apparently will not deter Californians from enjoying the first summer holiday of the year.

AAA on Monday projected that more than 4.6 million Californians plan to travel at least 50 miles or more during the three-day Independence Day weekend. That represents a 1.5 percent increase over 2013.

“Consumer confidence and steady economic improvement continue to be major factors for the overall increase in travel this year,” said Pablo O’Brien, a AAA Northern California vice president, in a statement. “With the Fourth of July weekend being the busiest summer travel holiday, we can expect increased airport congestion, highway backups and higher travel expenditures.”

AAA predicts that about 3.7 million Californians will travel by motor vehicle, nearly 550,000 will fly to their destinations and about 400,000 will travel by other modes of transportation, including rail, bus and watercraft.

Nationally, AAA expects more than 41 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the Fourth of July weekend, a 1.9 percent increase over last year.