Holiday, Oregon, Traffic

Travelers will crowd Oregon’s roads in record-breaking numbers for Independence Day

A truck heads toward Tillamook on Highway 6 - a route that will be clogged with traffic this holiday weekend if past experiences hold true. Photo: Brenda Schaffer

OREGON - The Continental Congress declared freedom from a tyrannical British government on July 2, 1776, and fully adopted the document known as the Declaration of Independence two days later on July 4, 1776.

We've been dealing with the traffic ever since.

Nearly 250 years later, Americans celebrate by lighting off fireworks, barbecuing, going to parades, and drinking — a lot — at various patriotic and family gatherings.

And, according to AAA, families are increasingly taking to the road to get to their celebration of choice, with projections this year poised to break travel records held since the motor club began tracking holiday traffic on America's birthday . . .

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