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Many tri-state residents traveling this Fourth of July weekend


Wednesday is turning out to be one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Of the millions of people who are hitting the road for the holiday, one third will leave Wednesday.

But will gas prices have any effect on people's travel plans? The good news for local travelers is that gas prices in West Quincy have dropped nearly 50 cents a gallon in the past month.

But that is still more expensive than the price was on July 4, 2012.

Judy McChristian and Peggy Christianer are among the 40 million people who are traveling for the Fourth of July.

"They're going to have a party and we're going to watch the fireworks," said McChristian.

They are heading to Alton, Illinois. It's something they like to do every year during the holiday weekend. According to, gas prices nationwide have been steadily dropping over the past few weeks.

McChristian says they're always conscious of trying to save money at the pump, so that's why they decided to fill up in West Quincy.

"Prices in Missouri are a lot cheaper than in Illinois so that's why we're here," said McChristian.

McChristian says fortunately since this is a shorter trip, it doesn't put a big dent in their wallet.

"It doesn't on this here. I mean if we were taking a longer trip it may impact us," said McChristian.

Over at the Amtrak station in Quincy, people like Rani Reigle say they wanted to avoid the extra congestion on the road all together and opted for a less stressful, cheaper way to travel.

"Quickness, ease, save money on gas," said Rani Reigle.

 According to AAA, the busiest day for return travel will be Sunday.

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