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Best and worst times to visit Connecticut for Independence Day

AAA has just released its annual report on 4th of July travel. The goal of this informational deluge is to make people aware of the peak (or worst) travel times for the holidays. Some of it is common sense, other periods may surprise you.

Connecticut has its idiosyncrasies that must be taken into account, but national guidelines are pretty consistent overall. Here are the best and worst times to travel for the upcoming Fourth of July (2024).

Best travel times by car:

  • Monday, July 1 – Minimal traffic expected throughout the day
  • Tuesday, July 2 – before noon
  • Wednesday, July 3 – Morning
  • Thursday, July 4 – Morning
  • Friday, July 5 – before 10am
  • Saturday, July 6 – before 10am
  • Sunday, July 7 – before 11am
  • Monday, July 8 – after 7 p.m.

Worst travel times by car:

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

I've 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 was in Florida the week of the 4th of July. We would leave in the middle of the night, at 2am, 3am, 4am. The years of fooling ourselves into thinking any kind of daytime driving would be OK turned into a nightmare. Even if you leave at 6am, you'll run into monstrous traffic in the Washington DC area that will leave you stranded for hours.

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Do yourself a favor, no matter which direction you are going, take the AAA numbers and go even more extreme. If you can board at 2am, you should. In the meantime, happy 4th of July, it's the best holiday we all celebrate.

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