Don't let holiday prices keep you from traveling on Fourth of July weekend, which is spanning July 3-6 this year. Believe it or not, we've found fantastic deals across the country, even in the big cities. Whether your passion is arts and culture or the beach, we’ve got a bargain for you, all hovering around $200 per night and complete with sparklers, fireworks, parades, outdoor-grilling, movies by the pool, and other festive events.From $209: Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center
For the holiday weekend, most downtown Chicago hotels, including Acme Hotel and two Kimpton properties (Hotel Monaco Chicago and Hotel Palomar Chicago), are touting rates of $369-$509. Stay further out, in the western suburb of Oak Brook, which is 18 miles away -- just a half hour away without traffic -- and you’ll pay only $209 for a posh Le Meridien. This year-old hotel boasts original art in each of the 172 rooms and is home to a tapas restaurant, El Tapeo, for convenient dining.
From $189: The Declan Suites San Diego
Open since late 2013, this all-suite property in downtown San Diego is a short walk to the 16-block Gas Lamp District, filled with outdoor patios for dinner and bars for an alfresco nightcap. Balboa Park isn't far, either. Each of the suites at this California-chic hotel boasts two rooms, and there's also a 24-hour fitness center and on-site bar. Another perk: WiFi is complimentary.
From $159: The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf-Astoria Resort
When the outdoor temps crank up in the desert, so do hotel deals in Phoenix. At The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, rates drop to $159 per night on Fourth of July weekend. Or, pay just $90 more per night for an all-inclusive package that folds in breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two (up to $232) daily. This is a fantastic value considering the tasting menu at Wright’s at Biltmore alone runs $76. At this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed property, dating back to 1929, modern alfresco comforts include an outdoor pool and comfy armchairs encircling fire pits. Plus, there will be fireworks, poolside flicks, and BBQs over the patriotic weekend.
From $124: Hilton Anatole, Dallas
At this urban 1,606-room property, the Stay and See Dallas package includes breakfast for up to four, parking (normally $19), and WiFi (typically $12.95) in the $124 rate over Fourth of July weekend. You'll enjoy an in-room movie pass, plus popcorn, candy, and sodas to make it the ultimate viewing. During the summer, the events on the 45-acre property include dive-in movies on Fridays, alfresco grilling, vintage lawn games like croquet and badminton, and of course lounging at the outdoor swim-up bar.
From $203: Springhill Suites by Marriott New York Midtown Manhattan/Fifth Avenue
It's nearly impossibly to find a rate this good in the middle of Manhattan over a holiday weekend. But at this 173-room property, you're waking up in the heart of attractions -- near museums, Central Park, jazz clubs, Times Square, and hip restaurants. And if you have the entire long weekend off, you'll pay just an average of $203 per night for a studio king room. (The July 4 rates are steeper at $237 but evens out with a dropped $169 rate on July 5.) The rate includes free WiFi, too, so you can easily get all the info you need about Broadway shows, outdoor concerts, and restaurant menus at your fingertips.
From $161: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Conveniently located near the 16th Street Promenade -- a pedestrians-only street lined with shops, bars, and restaurants in downtown Denver -- the 1,231-room hotel’s holiday weekend rate includes high-speed Internet access. Also at the property: an outdoor heated pool surrounded by chaises and cabanas and 16Mix, an open-air bar along the pedestrian mall serving cocktails, wine, and summery dishes like lobster tacos.
From $126: Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton Miami Brickell Downtown
Stay in downtown Miami’s Brickell neighborhood over the Fourth of July weekend and pay a fraction of what you’d plunk down in South Beach, where hotels like JW Marriott Miami go for $195 for a room or $259 with breakfast. The $126 rate (must be prepaid in full; or pay $149 for flexible cancellation) at Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Brickell Downtown includes free WiFi and a free hot breakfast (or a to-go breakfast bag).
From $109 and $119: Wyndham Vacation Rentals in Steamboat Springs, CO and Park City, UT
There's no shortage of events taking place over the holiday weekend in Steamboat Springs: stake out a viewing spot for the Fourth of July parade, rodeos, summer ski jumping, roller ski races, and more. While you're there, get all the comforts of home by staying at a Wyndham Vacation Rental, featuring convenient amenities like dedicated living spaces, kitchens, and washers and dryers. Plus, rack up some savings with 30 percent off three nights or more, or 20 percent off two nights when staying July 2-6 -- rates are from $109. We should note, however, that while the deal applies to dozens of rentals in Steamboat Springs, pricing isn't consistent across all properties. For example, one of the lowest priced rentals we could find is the one bedroom, one bath West 3239 unit at the West Condominiums, priced from $222.40 for a two-night stay starting on July 3 -- that's just about $111 per night. Book by June 30 using promotional code JULY4TH.
All sorts of fun is to be had over Independence Day weekend in Park City -- minus the snow, of course -- like at the 70-float parade on Main Street. You can extend your festivities into the week at a Wyndham Vacation Rental with a special that offers 15 percent off two-night stays or 20 percent off three nights for stays until July 10 -- just book by July 8 with promotional code LASTMINUTE. Like the properties in Steamboat Springs, just remember that pricing isn't consistent across all properties. Rates in Park City are going from $119 per night, which is what you'll find when you rent the one bedroom, two-bath 103 unit at Copperbottom Inn, for example. A July 3-6 stay totals about $362 or around $120 per night.