Rising gas prices ease off in Oklahoma ahead of July 4 holiday

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As drivers head into the July 4th holiday, they will see some relief at the pumps in Oklahoma.

Soaring gasoline prices in Oklahoma have backed off in recent days leaving the statewide average at $4.56 a gallon, six cents cheaper than one week ago. Declining prices also left only one county above the $5 cost.

AAA Oklahoma reports the average as of Monday was still 46 cents higher than a month ago and compared to $2.80 a gallon one year earlier.

Oklahoma City’s average is at $4.60 a gallon, seven cents cheaper than a week earlier but 50 cents higher than one month ago. A year ago, the average price in Oklahoma City was $2.78 a gallon.

The average in Tulsa on Monday was $4.42 a gallon or 8 cents lower than a week ago but still higher than the average of $4.09 one month earlier. Tulsa’s average price a year ago was $2.80 a gallon.

Lawton, known for having the lowest gasoline prices in the state had an average of $4.31 a gallon on Monday, eleven cents lower than a week ago. But it was still higher than the $3.95 average reported in the city a month ago. One year ago, motorists in Lawton paid $2.68 a gallon.

The slip in prices statewide leaves only Coal County with an average higher than $5 a gallon. The county’s average on Monday was $5.17 a gallon. Harmon County was close to the $5 range with an average of $4.99 per gallon.

Oklahoma’s average of $4.56 compared to $4.54 in Texas, $4.44 in Arkansas, $4.60 in Missouri, $4.59 in Kansas, $4.90 in Colorado and $4.71 in New Mexico.