Whether you’re staying in Philly or heading out of town for Independence Day, be ready for traffic, SEPTA changes and road closures.
This holiday season, AAA predicts that 84 percent of people in the region who are traveling for the holiday will do so by car, said Jana Tidwell, manager of public affairs.
This means the roads in and out of Philly will likely be more congested than normal and travelers should leave early on the Fourth.
It’s already been a busy summer-trip season, with record Memorial Day travel volume and Independence Day travel also expected to set records, Tidwell said.
“It’s a sign of the economy. When the economy is strong and people have extra disposable income, they’re more willing to spend it on travel,” she said.
Gas prices may also motivate people to travel by car, Tidwell said.
Although fuel prices rose slightly after the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery announced plans to shut down following a massive fire, travelers should still end up paying less for a gallon in the area than they did a year ago. Prices in Pennsylvania on Wednesday averaged $2.92 per gallon, while last year on the holiday they were at $3.02.
For those using public transportation to get around on the Fourth, there are some SEPTA changes to know about.
Regional Rail trains, buses, trolleys, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line, and the Norristown High Speed Line will operate on Sunday schedules for the holiday.
Extra subway and trolley trips will be added to aid the influx of riders leaving Center City after the fireworks and concert. Some Regional Rail trains will also be added or depart later for the post-event rush.
Buses that travel on or near the Parkway — Routes 7, 9, 17, 21, 32, 33, 38, 42, 43, 44, and 48 — will be detoured from 5 a.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Friday.
Streets near Independence Mall and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed most of the holiday.
Due to the activities on and near the mall, the following streets will be closed Thursday:
For the Party on the Parkway and Fourth of July concert and fireworks, the following streets will be closed from 4 a.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday:
These streets will be closed from 4 a.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday:
Additionally, the following streets will be closed from 1 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday, with local access maintained for residents:
Due to the fireworks show, all roads listed below will be closed from 5 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday: