Do not get caught in the traffic this 4th of July. Here is when to travel to beat the crowds on the road.
“The land of the free and the home of the brave” was not about those who fight highway traffic.
If you plan to drive to picnics, barbecues, and beach parties this 4th of July, Google has developed an interactive tool that will tell you is the best time to go to avoid traffic.
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Using the data of the last year’s Fourth of July traffic, Google has made charts showing the best times to avoid the traffic around the Independence Day period, which they have indicated July 3-6, in the 25 major cities.
If you go outside the city to celebrate, the best time to go is before the work day traffic begins on 3 July. There will be a break in the traffic that evening.
Generally, if you can muster the energy, the best time to drive for the traffic is low late in the evening or early in the morning. If you are not able to go to the actual vacation, try to leave between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize the time spent in traffic. If you can wait to leave for the fireworks display until after 11 pm, you can avoid the traffic blocks on the way home.
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The worst time to go is mid-afternoon, when everyone is trying to get to the various events. If you can take your holiday to last longer, roads in the whole country there is less pressure on July 5 and 6.
For specific information about the best and worst times to drive around your town, Google’s new interactive feature.
This article originally appeared on the Travel + Leisure.