Worst Days and Times for Travel This July 4 Holiday

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41.4 million Americans will be traveling by car this Independence Day holiday, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts that drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Wednesday, July 3 as commuters mix with holiday travelers. In major cities, drivers may experience delays as much as four times a normal commute. Nationwide, road delays are expected to increase by approximately 9%.

Here are the worst days and times for hitting the highways during this July 4 holiday:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, July 5
    • Worst Time for Travel: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, July 5
    • Worst Time for Travel: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Chicago, Illinois
    • Worst Day for Travel: Friday, July 5
    • Worst Time for Travel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Detroit, Michigan
    • Worst Day for Travel: Wednesday, July 3
    • Worst Time for Travel: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Houston, Texas
    • Worst Time for Travel: Thursday, July 4
    • Worst Time for Travel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Los Angeles, California
    • Worst Day for Travel: Wednesday, July 3
    • Worst Time for Travel: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • New York, New York
    • Worst Day for Travel: Wednesday, July 3
    • Worst Time for Travel: 1:45 – 3:45 PM
  • San Francisco, California
    • Worst Day for Travel: Wednesday, July 3
    • Worst Time for Travel: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
  • Seattle, Washington
    • Worst Day for Travel: Thursday, July 4
    • Worst Time for Travel: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Washington, DC
    • Worst Day for Travel: Sunday, July 7
    • Worst Time for Travel: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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