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Families aren't letting gas prices ruin their holiday

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The Karrar family had to consider calling off their annual reunion. The Karrar family had to consider calling off their annual reunion.
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Americans are heading into Independence Day weekend lamenting the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

For the first time in ten years, fewer Americans are travelling this Independence Day weekend. Yet the AAA Motor Club survey still found more than 40 million people aren't allowing record high fuel prices to ruin holiday plans.

Dustin McGuire is headed to a concert seven hours a way in Nashville.

"I just keep saving pennies. I know what it takes to get down there." said McGuire.

Edward Little's family is visiting their Mom who lives 760 miles away.

"My family, they gonna suffer for this. I'm not going to go on vacation because of these prices. Ain't nothing I can do about it," said Little.

Holiday World in southern Indiana anticipates a busy weekend. A spokesperson sees high fuel prices keeping families staying closer to home.

State parks also expect crowds with lodges and cabins nearly full.

At the state's largest park in Brown County, campgrounds are booked solid.

The Karrar family had to consider calling off their annual reunion.

"We seriously thought about that this year because of the price of gas, but we don't know if we will do it again next year," said Sherry Karrar.

It's not just the price of gasoline. The stock market is down, food prices are up, and 8.5 million are out of work.

But some families say the sacrifices are worth it - they plan to travel anyway. Others have decided to just celebrate a bit closer to home this year.

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