Best Places for a Fourth of July Getaway

Living in the D.C. area comes with many perks: you live within driving distance from some of the most iconic historical landmarks, you can tell people you’re *technically* neighbors with the president, and you have one of the most extravagant Independence Days fireworks show in the country right in your backyard. But most likely sitting in a lawn chair on the National Mall or at the Marine Corps War Memorial is old news for you. If you’re looking for a change of pace for your Fourth of July celebration and are in the mood for a road trip, then put on your American flag denim shorts on, grab your friends and family and spend the Fourth with some equally patriotic firework celebrations. It’s time for a party in the U.S.A!

When traveling on a holiday with one of the highest travel rates, gas prices and mileage should be put into consideration when choosing your destination. "Prices this July 4th holiday weekend are the highest since 2008, when they peaked at over four dollars a gallon," Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy Corporation, says. Thankfully, he says that the prices haven't exceeded those of 2008. 

Faulkner offers some helpful money and mileage-saving travel tips before your start your trip: 

  • Replace the air and fuel filter in your car before starting your road trip. This prevents a decrease in mileage. 
  • Fill up on gas Wednesday or Thursday before 10 a.m., as gas prices will spike up for the holiday. 
  • Park your car in the shade if possible. Parking in the sun could cause the gas in your tank to slowly evaporate! 
  • Avoid driving in cities during rush hour to avoid traffic, and plan your route ahead of time. 
  • Close your windows when driving down the highway. Open windows can reduce your mileage by up to 10%. Who knew? 
  • You'll save tons of money by using the lowest grade of gasoline. The type of gas you use doesn't make much of a difference, so you might as well go with the cheapest option! 

Please be advised that Tropical Storm Arthur is predicted to arrive at certain parts of the the east coast on Friday, July 4, and hit particularly hard in the Carolinas and southeast Virginia, with heavy winds and rainstorms. Plan accordingly and check your local weather station for updates. Stay safe this Independence Day! 

Written by: Anne Most 


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