Deadliest cities to drive in over July 4th weekend

Fireworks, flags and road fatalities

Independence Day is among the worst weekends to get behind the wheel.

The Fourth of July falls on a Sunday in 2021, with the following Monday observed as a Federal Holiday instead, encouraging millions of Americans to plan for three consecutive days off. The increased number of people hitting the road could make the holiday weekend one of the worst for driving in America.

How bad? Since 2010, roughly 410 (409.7) people have died on US roads over Independence Day holiday weekend each year, according to our analysis of the most recent Fatality Analysis Reporting System data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2010 to 2019.

In 2019, Fourth of July weekend was one of the deadliest for driving in the last decade, with 464 fatal accidents resulting in 517 deaths on the road.

Number of fatal accidents and fatalities on July Fourth weekend, 2010–2019

YearNumber of fatal crashesPersons killed in fatal crashes
2010 362 393
2011 384 429
2012 171 180
2013 470 513
2014 360 401
2015 379 410
2016 414 457
2017 548 603
2018 171 194
2019 464 517

Which cities pose the biggest threat on July 4th?

Los Angeles, California, is the most dangerous city to drive in over the holiday long weekend, accounting for 84 road fatalities since 2010.

Los Angeles is followed by Harris, Texas, which recorded 44 deaths, and Maricopa, Arizona, which recorded 41 over that same time.

Top 10 most dangerous cities to drive in during the 4th of July holiday period, 2010-2019

RankCityStateNumber of fatalities
1 Los Angeles California 84
2 Harris Texas 44
3 Maricopa Arizona 41
4 Cook Illinois 38
5 San Bernardino California 31
6 Riverside California 28
7 Dallas Texas 27
8 Orange California 26
9 San Diego California 24
10 Broward Florida 23
10 Bexar Texas 23

Which is the most dangerous state to drive in during the last 10 years?

While California is home to five of the top 10 most dangerous cities, it’s not the most dangerous state to drive in over the long holiday weekend.

That dubious honor falls to Texas, which has recorded 397 road fatalities over the long Independence Day weekends from 2010 to 2019.

California comes in at a close second with 390 fatalities, trailed by Florida at 293 deaths.

Most and least dangerous states to drive in during the 4th of July holiday period, 2010-2019

RankStateNumber of fatalities
1 Texas 397
2 California 390
3 Florida 293
4 Georgia 143
5 New York 135
6 Pennsylvania 134
7 North Carolina 133
8 Ohio 130
9 Illinois 125
9 Missouri 125

Which states boast the lowest road fatalities?

Idyllic Vermont saw only seven road fatalities over Independence Day weekend in the last decade. The Green Mountain State is followed by North Dakota and Rhode island at ten deaths on the road apiece.

RankStateNumber of fatalities
1 Vermont 7
2 North Dakota 10
2 Rhode Island 10
4 Alaska 13
5 Hawaii 17
6 Delaware 18
6 Wyoming 18
8 Maine 19
9 New Hampshire 22
10 Nebraska 23
10 South Dakota 23

Most dangerous states to drive in over July 4th weekend in the last 10 years

StateNumber of persons killed in fatal crashes
Alabama 118
Alaska 13
Arizona 115
Arkansas 49
California 390
Colorado 69
Connecticut 32
Delaware 18
District of Columbia 10
Florida 293
Georgia 143
Hawaii 17
Idaho 29
Illinois 125
Indiana 100
Iowa 47
Kansas 35
Kentucky 88
Louisiana 72
Maine 19
Maryland 60
Massachusetts 48
Michigan 122
Minnesota 45
Mississippi 82
Missouri 125
Montana 31
Nebraska 23
Nevada 41
New Hampshire 22
New Jersey 69
New Mexico 42
New York 135
North Carolina 133
North Dakota 10
Ohio 130
Oklahoma 78
Oregon 51
Pennsylvania 134
Rhode Island 10
South Carolina 96
South Dakota 23
Tennessee 107
Texas 397
Utah 35
Vermont 7
Virginia 80
Washington 67
West Virginia 40
Wisconsin 54
Wyoming 18

Drunk driving an issue on Independence Day

Over the Fourth of July weekend, drunk drivers are involved in over a third (38.30%) of all fatal road accidents.

YearAccidents involving a drunk driverTotal fatal accidents% of accidents involving a drunk driver
2010 142 362 39.2%
2011 145 384 37.8%
2012 77 171 45.0%
2013 183 470 38.9%
2014 152 360 42.2%
2015 127 379 33.5%
2016 169 414 40.8%
2017 199 548 36.3%
2018 66 171 38.6%
2019 166 464 35.8%
Total 1,426 3,723 38.3%

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Protecting yourself with car insurance

While car insurance won’t protect you from a drunk driver or stop your car from a crash, it can help you deal with the financial consequences of an accident that might take place on your way to celebrate with fireworks.

If you’re hitting the road this Fourth of July on two, four or more wheels, make sure you’re protected with strong auto insurance. Don’t have a policy you’re happy with? Compare your car insurance options to ensure you get the best coverage that fits your needs and budget. Here’s to a safe July 4th!

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