Traffic picks up throughout the Cape Fear for the 4th of July weekend

Traffic in Wilmington (Photo: Tanner Barth/ WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–This 4th of July is expected to be one of the busiest years for travel in recent memory as people look to get out of their homes even with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Here in our back yard, gas stations are full as people are expected to take in the good weather and head to the Cape Fear area beaches. Many bridges saw cars backed up for miles tonight as travelers waited their turn to get on the islands before the 4th.

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The amount of vehicle traffic is no surprise to some with gas prices still low and people still not comfortable with flying. The AAA auto club says 97 percent of travelers are expect to drive to their vacation destinations over the Fourth of July weekend. Many of those people are choosing spots that are closer to home, with the beaches being an easy choice for some.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper put out a statement this week, saying while we can still celebrate the country’s Independence North Carolina travelers need to remember that this virus does not take vacations. More than 40 million people are expected to be on the road across the nation this weekend.