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Thousands of visitors in town for July 4th impacting economy, traffic

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 02:30:56-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It was a busy day across the country as folks hit the roads in record numbers ahead of the Fourth of July.

Las Vegas is topping the charts this year.

According to AAA, Las Vegas is coming in at number four of Top U.S. Destinations for this holiday weekend.

Many of those visitors will be making it to town by car.

“AAA is expect to rescue 3,700 people from the side of the road, with a majority of those calls being for flat tires and dead batteries,” says Sergio Avila, AAA Nevada.

AAA Nevada says lower gas prices are also getting folks behind the wheel a national average of $2.66 for a gallon.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says this Fourth of July weekend will pull in an estimated 330,000 visitors, that's 30,000 more than last year.

Visitors like Sherry Raffey and her husband Nick were hoping to stay through the 4th, say the price was just too much.

“We booked for four days five nights, and we tried to move it and stay for the fireworks but it was way higher,” says Raffey.

The LVCVA expects visitors to spend an estimated $238.4 million this weekend.