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     This time next week a lot of people will be hitting the road or taking to the skies to travel for the 4th of July holiday weekend. AAA Travel predicts 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home. That's a 1.9 percent increase over last year and up 14 percent compared to Memorial Day weekend. But for many Quad Citians we talked to, home is where they're spending the holiday.
     Out of close to a dozen people we asked out fueling up for this weekend all said a getaway is not on their Independence Day itinerary. Many said it's because there's plenty to do here in the area. There are events like the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, parades and of course countless fireworks displays.
     Others say the reason they're staying close to home has to do with their pocketbook. As far as gas prices, AAA expects the majority of U.S. drivers will pay the most on fuel for the fourth in six years. Still, the fact that the America's birthday falls on a Friday might have more geared up to get away, along with cabin fever from a tough winter and an increase in consumer spending. But those who aren't spending much on next weekend could just be saving for another time.
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