HAMILTON, NJ – More than one million New Jersey residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home for the Labor Day holiday weekend in 2013; an increase of almost 5% compared to the 1,003,222 who traveled in 2012, AAA Mid-Atlantic projects.  The 2013 Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 29, to Monday, September 2.   

Nationally, AAA Travel projects 34.1 million Americans will travel from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, a 4.2 percent increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year.  The anticipated increase in holiday travel is predominantly due to increased consumer spending and the improving housing market.  The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high.

“The weather outlook for Labor Day weekend is shaping up to be favorable for beach goers so it is not surprising that 53% of holiday travelers are projected to travel to the shore,” said Tracy E. Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “In a poll conducted prior to Memorial Day, 50% of New Jersey residents polled planned on making an effort to visit shore towns impacted by Sandy to increase tourism and support local businesses. We are pleased that the trend has continued to Labor Day.”


Travel by Mode of Transportation:

Total Travelers

  • New Jersey – 1,052,014, a 4.9%  increase from 2012
  • Nationally – 34 million, a 4.2%  increase from Labor Day 2012



  • New Jersey – 886,120 (84% of travelers), a 5% increase from last year
  • Nationally – 29 million (85% of travelers), a 4.3% increase from 2012.



  • New Jersey – 89,554 (8.5% of travelers), up 3.3% from those who flew in 2012.
  • Nationally – 2.6 million (8% of travelers), up 2.8% from last year.

Train, Bus, Watercraft or Other Mode

  • New Jersey – 76,230 (7% of travelers), up 4.9% from 2012
  • Nationally – 2.3 million (7% of travelers), an increase of 4.3% from last year.

“As schools across the nation usher in their next session of students, the Labor Day holiday provides families with the opportunity for one final extended summer weekend getaway,” said Noble. “AAA reminds drivers as they head out for the holiday and the school year begins that safety should remain top of mind. It is important to remain distraction-free and keep their mind on the task of driving.”

Gas prices are unlikely to be a major factor for people in determining whether they will travel this Labor Day. As of mid-August, prices were on average down 2.7 percent per gallon compared to the same time year. The average price for gas on Labor Day 2012 was $3.83 per gallon, the most expensive average ever on record for the holiday. The current national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.54, 21 cents lower than last year. 

Fun Facts & Numbers

  • The largest share of travelers (46 percent) will depart on Friday, August 30.
  • Monday, September 2, is the most popular date of return for holiday trips with 43 percent planning to return that day.
  • 85% – the number of travelers who will go by car (nationally).
  • 84% – the number of New Jersey travelers who will go by car.
  • 8% – the number of travelers who will go by air (nationally).
  • 8.5% – the number of New Jersey travelers who will go by air.
  • $3.46 – New Jersey gas average today (8/27/13).
  • $3.69– New Jersey gas average Labor Day weekend 2012.
  • $0.23 – the difference between the price of gas today and last Labor Day weekend.
  • 437 miles – the average round trip for Middle Atlantic region travelers (including NJ).
  • 594 miles – the average round trip (nationally).
  • $1,077 – the average expected trip expenditures for Middle Atlantic region travelers.
  • 45% – the percentage of travel parties of just two adults from the Middle Atlantic region.
  • 16% – the percentage of travel parties of families traveling from the Middle Atlantic region.
  • 46% – of Middle Atlantic region travelers plan to visit with family/friends this holiday weekend.
  • 53% – of Middle Atlantic region travelers plan to visit the beach this holiday weekend.

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