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No, that isn’t a typo in our headline, traffic in the Boston area is forecast to be up 330% over the average 4th of July weekend this year.

According to a report from AAA, over 47.7 million Americans are expected to be on the move between July 1 and July 5th this year, the second-highest travel volume for Independence Day on record (just trailing 2019’s national average.)

“Travel is in full swing this summer, as Americans eagerly pursue travel opportunities they’ve deferred for the last year-and-a-half,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president, AAA Travel.

“We saw strong demand for travel around Memorial Day and the kick-off of summer, and all indications now point to a busy Independence Day to follow.”

With 43.6 million expected to travel on the road this weekend according to AAA, how do we beat it?

One way is to avoid peak travel times.

“We’re expecting nationwide traffic volumes to increase about 15% over normal this holiday weekend. Drivers around major metro areas must be prepared for significantly more delay,” says Bob Pishue, transportation analyst, INRIX.

“Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic. Our advice is to avoid traveling on Thursday and Friday afternoon, along with Monday mid-day.”

Worst Time to Travel in Boston

That would be the return trip on Monday, July 5th. Experts say it will be busiest between 3pm and 5pm.

Best & Worst Times to Travel Overall

Date Worst Time Best Time
Thursday 3:00 – 5:00PM After 7:00PM
Friday 4:00 – 5:00PM Before 12:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM – 1:00PM After 2:00PM
Sunday Free flow expected
Monday 4:00 – 5:00PM Before 1:00PM
Source: INRIX

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