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How much will gas cost you if you're driving for Fourth of July? Depends on where you're headed

Rashad Alexander
Green Bay Press-Gazette

GREEN BAY — The average cost of fuel is up by just a 3-cent increase ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, but you should still take a look at prices before setting out if you're traveling far from home.

According to the American Automobile Association, the current average price for gas in Green Bay is $3.27, just barely up from the price last week — $3.24.

AAA also reports in the U.S. this week is $3.49, which is about 5 cents higher to its average last week. With a record expected to travel for Independence Day, the demand for gas has increased, hence the increase in prices.

"We've seen demand fluctuating throughout the summer, and that's really why we're continuing to see these up and down prices," Nick Jarmusz, Director of Public Affairs at AAA told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Big holiday weekends like this, would certainly play a big role in that."

Jarmusz recommends people to plan out when to get gas before and during their trips, as prices will range in different counties and states. The current average for gas is $3.28, but it may cost more if you're going up north or down towards Milwaukee.

"If you're in Green Bay and you're planning a trip and you're going north, you're probably going to encounter higher prices. You're also going to encounter higher prices if you're heading through the Milwaukee area and then certainly into Illinois," he said. "If you're heading north, you kind of want to fill up again and top off your tank before you get too far north and start seeing prices that are 20, 30 cents higher than what they are in Green Bay."

Rashad Alexander can be contacted at Ralexander@gannett.com