Local gasoline prices are up 7 percent over last year, and motorists face the most expensive July Fourth at the pump since 2008, according to fuel-price watchers.
AAA and GasBuddy.com attribute the higher fuel prices to international apprehension over unrest in Iraq, which has caused crude-oil prices to increase.
The price in Southeastern Pennsylvania was about $3.79 a gallon, up 26 cents from last year. In South Jersey, where fuel taxes are lower, the average price was $3.55, up 22 cents.
The national average is $3.68 a gallon, up 20 cents over last year. Regional prices vary significantly depending on taxes and local supply constraints.