Los Angeles International Airport officials are forecasting a record-breaking July 4 travel period for the facility, with 2.86 million passengers expected over an 11-day period ending next Monday, when 272,358 passengers and 113,779 vehicles are likely to pass through the facility.
The figures expected on July 9 are likely to top those recorded Sunday, when 262,297 passengers and 102,487 vehicles were expected at LAX.
Next Monday is expected to be the second-heaviest travel day of the holiday period. Friday was the heaviest day: 275,285 booked passengers and 120,531 vehicles.
The core of the holiday period is expected to show a 2.44 percent increase over the seven days that started June 29 and end on Thursday July 5.
With July 4 falling on a Wednesday this year, the three busiest travel days are expected to be the Friday, Sunday and Monday after the holiday.
The Automobile Club of Southern California estimates that more than 3.4 million Southern California residents will travel over the Fourth of July holiday, the fifth consecutive year of increases in people heading out for holiday getaways.
The vast majority of Southern California travelers, about 2.6 million, are expected to travel by car, up 4.7 percent from last year. About 435,000 people will travel by air, up 9.2 percent year-over-year, while 285,000 will travel by train, cruise, bus or other means, a 5.3 percent jump.
The most popular destinations for Southern California travelers are expected to be San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon. Nationally, Anaheim is predicted to be the second-most popular destination for travelers, behind only Orlando, Florida.