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Waze Delivers Best, Worst Times To Travel This Fourth Of July Weekend

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | July 01, 2016

Waze Delivers Best, Worst Times To Travel This Fourth Of July Weekend

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The Fourth of July is a momentous time of year to reflect on this country’s history while also sharing magical moments with friends and family. Of course, it also means there will be traffic.

Before we get to what Waze discovered recently regarding this holiday’s predilection for crowded roads, we might as well offer some words of advice.

Take a deep breath, because that hour-long pileup will dissipate at some point in your lifetime. And after that it’s all hot dogs, beer and fireworks from then on.

Now back to the task at hand. Waze, the people behind that navigation app many of you will use this coming weekend, scoured its data and found something universal about fireworks shows.

Regardless of the city in which you find yourself in a few days, there will be congestion immediately following that firework display, so plan accordingly.

Graphic courtesy of Waze

The above reflects the increased activity on the busiest time of day on the Fourth of July. It seems rush hour is moved from right after work on these days to right after that majestic fireworks show you just took in.

Waze also discovered the optimal times to get out of town. According to its data, the absolute worst time to leave for your Independence Day vacation is Friday between the hours of three and five in the afternoon.

So just stay late at work or maybe take advantage of that horrible cold you are completely getting right this second.

If you can wait, the best times to drive out of town this weekend are on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

READ MORE: 43 Million Americans Will Travel During Fourth of July Weekend

As noted, 35 million people left town via the highway last year. And an estimated 43 million will jump in the car for a few hours this year.

The best way to avoid the cramped confines of the highway is to forget that you even have friends and family and just roast some hot dogs on your stove.

Or you can always plan to binge listen to some podcasts, because you will have a lot of time on your hands.


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