PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Fourth of July weekend is always a popular time to travel, but AAA believes this will be a record-setting year, with more than 50 million Americans expected to drive at least 50 miles.

On July 4, 2022, the national average for gas prices was $4.80 per gallon, according to AAA. Currently, the average is below $3.60 per gallon, which is a big reason why AAA predicts an additional 2 million people on the road relative to last year.

Still, if you don’t want to spend your gas money idling in traffic, you may want to time your drive to avoid sharing lanes with millions of other Americans.

AAA projects these hours as the best and worst hours to jump behind the wheel:

DateBest TimeWorst Time
Thursday, June 29Before 12 p.m.4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, June 30Before 10 a.m., After 6 p.m.10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 1Before 12 p.m.1 p.m.
Sunday, July 2Minimal traffic expectedMinimal traffic expected
Monday, July 3Minimal traffic expectedMinimal traffic expected
Tuesday, July 4Before 11 a.m., After 6 p.m.12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 5Before 2 p.m.3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

AAA expects that more than 4 million Americans will fly to their Fourth of July destination, which would also be a new record. Given the recent issues with delays and cancellations, be sure to check your flight status before heading to the airport.

Hundreds of thousands of people have had travel plans thrown in the air after a wave of storms raked the Northeast over the past few days.

Airports in Chicago, Denver and Newark, New Jersey — all hubs for United — were seeing the most delays on Thursday, according to FlightAware.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.