I live in New York, where traveling anywhere for the Fourth of July can be less beautiful escape, more torturous grind. I love heading out east to visit friends in an adorable town called Bridgehampton, but getting there means standing on a packed train car for three hours. Car traffic can be even worse. A Fourth of July road trip with your partner might feel impossible, but it's most definitely not.
The key is in the planning. If you are strategic about timing, making a weekend (or midweek, ahem, 2018) road trip is the perfect Fourth of July celebration. First off, what on earth is more American than a road trip? Gas-guzzling, sight-seeing, and fast food scream "USA!" Second, if you choose to head in a direction towards the "path less chosen," you actually might miss the traffic altogether. Most people travel on the Fourth to get to a particular destination, and thus are trying to take the most direct route possible. But if you're road-tripping, you have more freedom. (Which is perfect, you know, for Independence Day and all.)
Additionally, if you're newly in a relationship, and you and your partner usually have separate party invites for the Fourth of July, it can be nice to split the difference and make your own plan together. Or invite your friends and make it a party! Either way, here are some road trip ideas for the first Wednesday in July.