As far as when you should travel on Independence Day, try to avoid peak hours, especially when that timing combines with rush hour traffic, unless you want to spend hours stuck in gridlock. According to the experts at Waze in an article for CNBC, “leaving work early on Thursday or Friday is a great idea. So great, in fact, that everyone else will be doing it, too. Expect traffic to peak around noon, but it’ll also pick up again around 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., when the holiday traffic combines with normal rush hour traffic. Your best bet? Beat the rush by leaving town before 7 a.m.”