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The spread between the nation's lowest and highest priced gas stations today stands at $1.29 per gallon — sharply higher than the 10-year average of 98 cents per gallon for this time of year. Among gas stations in the same state, the spread stands at 51 cents per gallon.
"It's thrilling to see gas prices falling just in time for the most traveled summer holiday,” DeHaan said. “Perhaps we can finally get rid of the myth that gas prices go up for the holiday."
Over the last decade, the national average has been as much as $1.04 per gallon higher on July 4 than New Year's Day, while the average year sees prices 47 cents higher on the holiday, DeHaan said.
"Most importantly, motorists are getting a well-deserved break at the pump after years of high summer gas prices,” DeHaan said. “This is like Christmas in July instead of seeing fireworks at the pumps like we saw just a few short years ago."