AAA just released their annual report on 4th of July travel. The goal of the information dump is to make folks aware of the peak (worst) travel times for holidays. Some of this is common sense and other time periods may surprise you.

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Connecticut has its own quirks that need to be accounted for but the national guidelines are pretty standard across the board. Here are the Best and Worst Travel times for this coming (2024) 4th of July holiday.

Best Travel Times By Car:

  • Monday July 1 - Minimal Traffic Expected All Day
  • Tuesday, July 2 - Before Noon
  • Wednesday, July 3 - Before Noon
  • Thursday, July 4 - Before Noon
  • Friday, July 5 - Before 10am
  • Saturday, July 6 - Before 10am
  • Sunday, July 7 - Before 11am
  • Monday, July 8 - After 7pm

Worst Travel Times By Car:

  • Tuesday, July 2 - 2-6pm
  • Wednesday, July 3 - 2-7pm
  • Thursday, July 4 - 2-7pm
  • Friday, July 5 - 11am-4pm
  • Saturday, July 6 - 10:30am-2:30pm
  • Sunday, July 7 - 2-8pm
  • Monday, July 8 - 1-5pm

I have done the 4th of July road trip so many times I can tell you horror stories that would melt your face. For many years I went to Florida for the week of the 4th of July. We would leave in the middle of the night, 2am, 3am, 4am. The years we fooled ourselves into thinking any kind of day driving would be OK, became a nightmare. Even if you leave at 6am, you hit monstrous traffic in the Washington D.C. area that brings you to a standstill for hours.

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Do yourself a favor, no matter which direction you are headed, take the AAA numbers and get even more extreme. If you can embark at 2am, you should. Happy 4th of July in advance, it is the single-greatest holiday we all celebrate.

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