Travelers return home from Fourth of July Festivities

Published: Jul. 7, 2019 at 7:18 PM CDT
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Bikes and canoes tied to cars filled the parking lot at the Belvidere Oasis Sunday. The Fourth of July week of festivities comes to an end.

"We're coming from Madison Wisconsin," says one couple. Another is heading home to Northern Michigan.

"I told my husband that it's extremely packed here," says Erica Gentry, a Chicago native. "We always stop here on our way home."

AAA reported an estimated 41.4 million people nationwide would road trip over the holiday week, with July 3 as the heaviest travel day.

AAA expected the number of drivers this week to increase four percent. Chicago-area delays were expected to last two hours more than usual.

"There was a little extra traffic due to road construction," says traveler Dan Eisele, who was visiting family in Madison from Ann Arbor, Michigan. "Going back home is a lot faster than usual."

Despite delays, people still made the trip to spend time celebrating with family and friends.

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