- A record number of people are expected to hit the road for the 4th of July this year.
AAA says a record 43 million Americans will travel for Independence Day, with the majority of them driving.
More than 1.4 million people in Michigan will travel at least 50 miles.
The biggest factor? Cheaper gas. AAA says U.S. drivers have spent $20 billion less at the pump so far this year, compared to what we spent at this time in 2015.
2. If you plan to light a few fuses this year, there's this reminder about Michigan’s Fireworks Safety Act, which was put into place back in 2011.
It allows the sale of bottle rockets, roman candles, and other fireworks that go up in the air, but limits the number of days you can legally launch them.
The public can legally “red, white, and boom” on the day before, the day of, and the day after the 4th of July and any of the other nine national holidays.
3. The courtship season between artists and venues is over.
For the past four months, Artprize organizers have been playing matchmaker and connecting artists to potential venues. They are set to announce the final number of participants and venues in this year's art competition on Monday.
This will be the eighth year for the competition. Artprize 2016 runs from September 21 through October 9.
4. Fans of burgers will want to check out the east side of the state soon.
That's because mark Wahlberg and his brothers, Donnie and Paul, are opening a burger joint in Greektown called Walhburgers.
Wahlberg was in Detroit this weekend touring the new site and said he fell in love with Detroit while shooting “Transformers 5” there.
The restaurant is scheduled to open in July. No official date has been set yet. You can see more by following the TV show “Wahlburgers” on A&E.
5. Sleeping in is the thing many of us now consider vacation.
Actually, it looks like the average American is sleeping more, and working less.
This is according to an annual labor department survey reported in the Wall Street Journal.
It shows Americans slept an average of eight hours and 50 minutes a day last year.
That's a 13 minute increase compared to a decade ago. The change is due in part to an aging population and fewer people with jobs.
Americans also spent a little bit less time working or commuting to work.
But those with full time jobs actually spent five more minutes at work per day.
Plus the survey shows almost one in four Americans did at least some work from home last year.