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posted: 6/29/2012 6:15 PM

Traveling over the holiday? Watch for schedule changes July 3, 4

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By Danealle Khaimskiy

Although the Fourth of July is a time to remember the Founding Fathers, it is also the time of year when one's schedule is thrown off course by changing departure times and early closing hours.

All government buildings such as banks and libraries, will be closed for the Wednesday, July 4 holiday, but open the day before and the day after.

For Metra riders, on July 3 trains will run on what it calls the "early departure" schedule, according to spokesman Michael Gillis. This is done to accommodate all those who leave work before their normal times.

As for the Fourth itself, Metra will run on a Sunday schedule -- train times can be found on

Pace, meanwhile, will run on a normal schedule on July 3. However, the schedule for the Fourth of July has changed for some locations.

"Thirty-four of our bus routes will be on Sunday schedule," spokesman Patrick Wilmot said. To find out which routes are changed visit

The Fourth is not a parking meter holiday in Chicago.

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