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Independence Day travel to increase this year; gas prices higher

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  If you plan to travel to see the Fourth-of-July fireworks, plan on paying the highest gas prices for the holiday in six years. The Wisconsin Triple-"A" said the average price was $3.70-and-a-half this morning for a gallon of regular unleaded. That's 22-cents more than at this time last July Fourth.

Normally gas prices go down in the weeks leading up to Independence Day -- but ongoing violence in Iraq and its speculation over oil production has kept you paying more at the pump. However, today's average Wisconsin fuel price is two cents less than a week ago -- and it apparently won't keep a lot of folks home for the holiday weekend.

The Triple-"A" expects about 872,000 Wisconsinites to travel at least 50-miles from home between Wednesday and Sunday. The Fourth itself is on Friday.