Millions hit the road, airways following this holiday weekend

Many people are traveling to go see fireworks tonight, while others are going home after a long weekend.
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 4:17 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2022 at 6:12 PM EDT
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LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Millions of Americans are expected to travel by plane and car this Independence Day weekend.

Many people are traveling to go see fireworks tonight, while others are going home after a long weekend.

One thing people did not complain about were the roads. On the Mass. Pike, traffic was steady, but as far as backups go, people told us they have not experienced any.

We met one family heading to Maine for a family vacation.

“Just a family vacation. We’re just going to spend a week there. Go to the beach, hopefully. I think there is an amusement park there, pretty fun,” said Brigette Marcil of Pittsfield.

We asked Marcil about the traffic she has been met with thus far.

“Honestly not that bad,” she told us. “Pretty smooth driving, not too much traffic. It’s all good.”

Marcil and her family will be in Maine for the week as they celebrate her high school graduation, and the 17-year-old is driving her own car.

Another person we met with was coming back from Niagara Falls. After visiting for the weekend, they were heading back east to see fireworks.

“My city, Somerville, we enjoy the nighttime fireworks to see on the TV. Tomorrow, back to work,” Uddhav Pyukura said. “No traffic, smoothly coming back.”

Many folks do go back to work Tuesday, but also, this is the first time since 2019 many people are going to be fully celebrating the Fourth of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also of note, many travelers went in and out of the rest stop without a mask on, a major change from just a year ago.