Best and worst times to drive on the 4th of July weekend – NBC New England

Traveling for the 4th of July? Well, buckle up and prepare for massive traffic.

According to a report by AAA, Boston will see the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record, behind only 2019. Drivers in the Boston area are expected to experience nearly three times more delays compared to drive times. typical.

The report projects that 47.7 million Americans will hit the road for Independence Day this year, despite gas prices hovering around $ 3 a gallon.

“Higher gas prices will not deter road commuters this summer,” said AAA spokeswoman Jeanette McGee. “In fact, we expect record levels of car travel this July 4.”

Overall, only 2.5% fewer Americans are expected to travel this year compared to Independence Day in 2019. This represents an increase of almost 40% compared to last year, when total travel it was reduced to 34.2 million.

INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts that drivers will experience the worst congestion before the holiday weekend as commuters leave work early and mingle with vacation commuters, along with the return trip on Monday noon.

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Boston traffic is estimated to reach peak congestion, about 330% above average, on Monday, July 5, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to the report. This is the second highest projected traffic peak among the nation’s metropolitan areas during the holiday period, after the San Francisco area.

The report added that the Boston area is expected to be the ninth most popular destination for vacations. The top five projected destinations are Orlando, Anaheim, Denver, Las Vegas and Seattle.

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The worst times to drive nationwide include Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Best times to drive are after 7 pm on Thursday, before noon on Friday, after 2 pm on Saturday and before 1 pm on Monday.