Fourth Of July Travelers Spending More To Fill Up

Newsroom Fourth of July 1943-07 WW COVER

Editors note: Look for the video Weekend Gas Watch interview on City News Service this morning, with local commentary for Los Angeles, San Diego and Coachella Valley.

Fourth of July travelers will be spending about 10 to 15 cents more per gallon than last year at this time for their trips as gas prices continued moving up locally, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $4.14 a gallon for regular today, 2.3 cents more than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.18 per gallon, which is 2.7 cents more than last week, 2.3 cents more than last month, and 13 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.151, which is 3.2 cents more than last week, 2.6 cents higher than last month, and 12 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.173, up 1.4 cents from last week, six-tenths of a cent higher than a month ago, and 9 cents more than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $4.143, up 2.9 cents from last week, 2.7 cents more than last month, and 12 cents more than last year.

“Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices have backed down after a two-week rise, but are still well above levels that cause our price averages to stay above $4 a gallon,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “The only other July Fourth period in which travelers paid higher prices for gas locally was in 2008, when the average was $4.60 a gallon.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on July 3, averages are:





Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


   +2.7 cents

$4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+2.0 cents

$4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   +3.2 cents

$4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


 +1.4 cents

$4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


 +2.9 cents

$4.688 (10/8/12)



 +2.4 cents

$4.689 (10/7/12)







+3.3 cents

$4.648 (10/9/12)