AAA: National gas prices hold steady ahead of Labor Day weekend

aaaMotorists across the country continue to see their local gas prices dropping. On the week, state gas price averages declined as much as four cents while the national gas price average held steady at $2.84, which is two-cents cheaper than a month ago, but 48-cents more than a year ago.  In Virginia, gas prices remain unchanged compared to last week at $2.60 per gallon on average.

“Gas prices have been holding steady here in the Commonwealth over the past week,” said Tammy Arnette, Senior Public Affairs Specialist for AAA.  “As we get closer to Labor Day, we could see a small temporary uptick in gas prices.  However, there is good news for Virginia drivers, as gas prices in Virginia are eighth lowest nationwide.”

Last year’s Labor Day weekend saw pump prices spike, but that was due to Hurricane Harvey. As it battered the Southeast, it shut down refineries and pipelines driving prices toward their highest point of 2017 ($2.67). Despite no hurricane activity this Labor Day weekend, gas prices will be at their highest point for the holiday since 2014.


Average price per gallon of self-serve, regular gasoline. 
Gas prices provided by AAA:

Weekly Change
Last Month
Last Year
No change
No change
Down 2 cents
Fredericksburg $2.53 No change $2.50 $2.04
Harrisonburg $2.55 Down 1 cent $2.57 $2.18
Norfolk Area
Down 1 cent
Down 1 cent
Down 2 cents

Quick Stats

  • The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets are: Hawaii ($3.76), California ($3.60), Washington ($3.37), Alaska ($3.32), Idaho ($3.26), Oregon ($3.25), Utah ($3.20), Nevada ($3.19), Connecticut ($3.04) and Pennsylvania ($3.03).
  • The nation’s top 10 largest weekly changes are: Ohio (+10 cents), Michigan (+5 cents), Wyoming (+4 cents), Florida (-4 cents), Colorado (+3 cents), South Dakota (-3 cents), Georgia (-3 cents), Kansas (-3 cents), Missouri (-3 cents) and Utah (+2 cents).

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