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Cincinnati gas prices spike to $2.95 for the 4th of July

How we compare with the rest of the region
Posted: 6:49 PM, Jul 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-04 01:23:52-04

Traveling this 4th of July holiday weekend?

If so, expect to pay more for gas, as stations have raised prices just in time for the holiday.

In the Cincinnati area, prices are making a big move to $2.95 a gallon, their highest point of 2019.

AAA blames a number of factors: Last month's Pennsylvania refinery explosion, attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, and record demand this summer from drivers.

Prices around the region

If you are taking a road trip this weekend, we checked prices around the region.

You'll find some of the cheapest gas in southern states.

  • Alabama: $2.36 a gallon.
  • Tennessee: $2.45.
  • Florida: $2.59.

But expect to pay more if you are driving north.

  • Pennsylvania: $2.91.
  • Illinois: $3.04.

And if you plan to visit California (probably renting a car there), expect to pay an average of $3.77 at the pump.

Ohio prices jumped 10 cents a gallon earlier this week, when Ohio's tax increase took effect.

Put that together with an overall oil price hike across the country, and the Cincinnati area is now $2.85 to $2.95 a gallon for regular.

Expect prices to start dropping next Monday, after drivers are back home.

Drive safely and don't waste your money.

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