Here we go! The 4th of July in Maine. We've just heard from Maine Turnpike officials who tell us this will be their busiest ever. Over 1.1 million vehicles are expected to travel on Turnpike, an increase of 3% from last year.

PEAK TIMES THIS WEEKEND

10:00 AM on Friday traffic northbound is expected to be heavy, with the peak hours between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM.  Monday is expected to be the busiest day, with traffic heaviest headed southbound between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.  More than 325,000 vehicles are expected to travel the turnpike on Monday.

Maine Turnpike

Finally, as you travel the Turnpike this Independence Day weekend you can feel super-patriotic that you are traveling on the Gold Star Memorial Highway. The Gold Star is to commemorate the valor and sacrifice of those who died in service to our country. The Gold Star was worn by American mothers instead of conventional mourning clothes during World War I. The display of gold star banners in homes began in World War II and it is a tradition that has been carried through every war thereafter. Happy 4th!