United expecting huge increase in Fourth of July travelers — here’s where they are going from EWR

International destinations (London, Rome, Cancun) and traditional U.S. stops (Orlando, Las Vegas) top list

Rome, Cancun … maybe Las Vegas. Where would you like to spend the Fourth of July?

United Airlines is expecting the Fourth of July weekend — actually, the 11 days around the holiday — to be its busiest on record. More than 5 million passengers are expected to fly United between June 28-July 8, up more than 7% compared to last year.

In order to handle the capacity, United will fly more than 4,400 flights a day (an average of more than 520,000 people every day) with takeoffs every minute for 11 straight days.

The busiest travel days will be June 29 and July 7, when the airline projects about 540,000 passengers each day.

Where are they going?

London and Orlando, Florida, also are expected to be Top 5 locations from Newark Liberty International Airport.

The surge in holiday travel is becoming a trend, United officials said. Travel on Memorial Day weekend that was up 5% compared to last year. United expects the summer travel season to be 5% higher than 2023.

Linda Jojo, United’s chief customer officer, said the carrier is ready — though she encourages passengers to use the United app.

“With record-breaking crowds expected across the country this Fourth of July, our top travel tip to make travel easier is to download the United app before you head to the airport,” she said “Our app is a game-changer with dozens of features to save you valuable time during travel like mobile check-in, bag drop shortcut and even turn-by-turn directions to make navigating unfamiliar airports a breeze.”