Gas prices are on the decline nationwide as drivers gear up for what AAA expects to be the most traveled Independence Day since 2007.
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline fell to $2.85, a 2-cent drop over the last two weeks. According to industry analyst Trilby Lundberg, the dip comes after a 42-cent jump during the last nine weeks.
In Florida, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.69 -- 91 cents lower than the price on July 4, 2014.
In Bradenton-Sarasota, average retail gasoline prices have fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.67 a gallon going into this week, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 308 gas outlets in Sarasota.
"The national average continued its slow retreat in the last week, but current events with Greece may have some bearing on the market in the week ahead and could put downward pressure on oil prices," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. "Much is waiting in the wings in regards to Greece and with the latest round of debt relief talks failing thus far, it may weigh on stocks and commodities in the week ahead.
Despite the spike over the last two months, gas prices have been in a free-fall for more than a year.
"Lower gas prices are added incentive for travelers to pack up the family vehicle and hit the road this Independence Day," said Mark Jenkins, an AAA spokesman "Gas prices are likely to continue falling through the holiday weekend and travelers will find the cheapest gas prices in at least five years."
-- The Associated Press and Miami Herald contributed to this report.