Moving during the 4th of July in NYC

The 4th of July is the holiday of barbeques, picnics, house parties, and fireworks. People rejoice in unity to celebrate the independence of the United States of America. However, many people use this opportunity to skimp on the jolly festivities and focus on moving.  The idea being, that they will save vacation days for, well – vacation… And not the laborious task of moving. However, there are several things to watch out while moving during the 4th of July in NYC, which we outlined in this article.

Moving during the 4th of July in NYC

We would like to mention that we focused on moving during the 4th of July in NYC in this article. However, all of these guidelines apply to relocation during any holiday. And no matter if you plan to move locally or internationally, you can always count on Dorothy & Martha Moving NYC.

Moving during the 4th of July in NYC
The 4th of July encompasses barbecues, fireworks and good family fun!

Plan ahead

Summer, in general, is the most overloaded, occupied and busiest time of the year for travel. It is the so-called “peak moving season”. That is why you need to plan in advance if you do not want to be left empty-handed during moving day. For example, hiring Brooklyn movers , or any mover, as a matter of fact, must be done several months in advance. On the other hand, you might think that if you do the move by yourself, you can escape this problem. However, we would also like to remind you that you will need to rent a moving truck, and in order to do that, you must book it at least a few months in advance. So there is really no way in going around the problem of preparation.

  • tip: You want to get up as early as possible to beat not only the traffic jam but also the extreme heat which engulfs the roads from 11 am to 3 pm. That’s why moving companies arrive as early as possible to your doorstep, as soon as 8 am. However, when doing the move by yourself you can wake up even earlier. For example, if you wake up at 6 am, you will be done with your move before 11 am, and you will have the rest of your day to enjoy the 4th of July with family!

Set your sails for…

Traffic. And a lot of it. Holiday traffic means heavy traffic. That’s because the road is filled with people who regularly drive those routes. As well as those who don’t usually do that. But are now on the road because they want to visit their friends and families during the 4th of July.

So… How do you beat the traffic? Well as the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Wake up early, use Google maps to calculate the best route for your trip, and where possible drive through metropolitan areas to avoid traffic jams.

Traffic jams during holiday season are very prevalent
47 Million people traveled for the 4th of July in 2018.

Furry and friendly companions

If you have pets, make sure they are safe and secure while moving during the 4th of July in NYC. Because the noise of fireworks will make your companions anxious, fearful and scared. That’s why you want to provide them with a relaxing ambient they can enjoy. Our recommendation is to give them to a friend or a family member who can watch out for them while you move.  Another smart thing to do is to make sure your pet is microchipped and/or has your contact information on their collar. This is just a safeguard if, by happenstance, they run away, so you could find them easily.

What about the weather?

You cannot control how the weather is going to be on moving day. However, you can prepare for it. Here are some general tips for beating the hot sunny summer days of July:

  • Clothing – Wear light, loose, and breathable materials. Cotton and linen are the top contenders. Avoid wearing synthetic materials such as polyester, as they do not absorb sweat, and they make it hard to breathe in. Also, make sure you have a hat in order to prevent sunstrokes.
  • Sunscreen – The sun radiates light rays to the Earth. When these UV rays reach the skin, they cause skin damage. Thus, in turn, can have serious consequences on your health, such as skin cancer. That’s why you want to make sure you apply plenty of water-resistant UVA and UVB protection sunscreen with a factor of protection over 30. When applied, make sure at least 15 minutes pass, in order for the sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin.
  • Hydrate – Moving can be extremely tasking. Lifting boxes, for example, can leave you huffing for a breath of fresh air. This, in turn, raises the core temperature of the body. As a consequence, in order to cool our body down, we start to sweat. By sweating, we are excreting liquids we ingested in our system, so it is of crucial importance to have a bottle full of water that you can drink up, so we can replenish that we have lost.

The price of Moving during the 4th of July in NYC

As we mentioned previously, you might save up on your vacation days by moving on a national holiday. However, you most likely won’t save up on the expenses. For example, if you have hired a moving company to help you move on the 4th of July, expect an increase in the costs. If you are interested, you can use moving quotes Brooklyn, to calculate how much would it cost to move on the desired day. Also, the gas prices during holidays, mostly summer, are on the rise, so you might want to have that in mind as well.

Gas prices during holidays are on the rise.
Just last year 4th of July Gas prices were higher than $3.66 per gallon!


One important thing to consider when moving during summer time is the actual belongings you are packing. Some, naturally do not fare well in the heat, and those should be kept off the truck for as long as possible. The general consensus is that you should label these items, and unpack them as soon as you arrive in your new household.

Is Moving during the 4th of July in NYC a good idea?

Generally, you want to make sure you have planned, booked and prepared for the move. This is of the utmost importance when moving during the busiest travel season in the year. While you are saving vacation days by moving on a national holiday – you are not skimping on the expenses since the cost of fuel and the cost of moving companies or rental trucks are on the rise during this season. Good luck with your move!

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