HOUSTON (KIAH) – It’s a fun feeling to be able to travel this holiday weekend. Especially after over a year of quarantine.  However, we’re not exactly back to normal, and there are a few things to consider.

How many will be on roadways July 4th weekend

For one, remember you will be sharing the road, a LOT of road, as people hit the highways for a holiday adventure.  A new poll found that 132 million Americans, or 51% of us, will go somewhere this weekend.  Overall, it’s expected to be the biggest weekend of travel since at least Christmas of 2019.

AAA put out some data on traffic that found you should have started your travel Wednesday if possible.  

As for highways, roads will be crammed Thursday, and Friday afternoon. Saturday will particularly busy between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The best times to hit the road for the July 4th holiday

  • Late Thursday night
  • Early Friday morning
  • Saturday evening
  • All day Sunday – which is July 4th
  • Early Monday morning

Worst times to hit the road for the July 4th holiday

When you’re returning home, try to avoid Monday, late afternoon, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m..