11 Budget-Friendly July 4 Getaways

by Christina Garofalo

11 Budget-Friendly July 4 Getaways

by Christina Garofalo

We’ve compiled a list of affordable July Fourth Weekend getaways — from patriotic towns to time-honored summer retreats — that offer fun, relaxing, and diverse ways to spend our nation’s birthday.

We’ve compiled a list of affordable July Fourth Weekend getaways — from patriotic towns to time-honored summer retreats — that offer fun, relaxing, and diverse ways to spend our nation’s birthday.

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Saint Augustine Lighthouse
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St. Augustine, FL

This July Fourth, take a trip to America’s oldest city! Spend your days admiring Spanish colonial architecture and lounging on white-sand beaches. Before you leave, be sure to visit Castillo de San Marcos (the oldest masonry fort in the US!), watch a live musket demonstration at Colonial Quarter, and spend some time perusing the historic Lightner Museum

Read more: 8 Reasons to Visit St. Augustine, Florida’s Historic Coast

This July Fourth, take a trip to America’s oldest city! Spend your days admiring Spanish colonial architecture and lounging on white-sand beaches. Before you leave, be sure to visit Castillo de San Marcos (the oldest masonry fort in the US!), watch a live musket demonstration at Colonial Quarter, and spend some time perusing the historic Lightner Museum. 

Read more: 8 Reasons to Visit St. Augustine, Florida’s Historic Coast

Saint Augustine, Fl
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What to Budget

We found round-trip flights as low as $197 round-trip from New York City. The historic Old City House Inn has rooms from $216 for the night of the Fourth. Your stay includes complimentary breakfast, free wine and cheese hour, on-site parking, and bike rentals. 

We found round-trip flights as low as $197 round-trip from New York City. The historic Old City House Inn has rooms from $216 for the night of the Fourth. Your stay includes complimentary breakfast, free wine and cheese hour, on-site parking, and bike rentals. 

Finger Lakes, New York
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Finger Lakes, NY

With over 30 waterfalls, 100-plus wineries, and 11 glacial lakes, this New York enclave is an outdoorsman’s ideal summer escape. Celebrate the region’s patriotic history (it’s been home to figures like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass) with a visit to the Genesee Museum. Then, end the day with lakeside fireworks.

Read more: Natural Beauty, Warm Hospitality, and Lots of Vino in the Finger Lakes

With over 30 waterfalls, 100-plus wineries, and 11 glacial lakes, this New York enclave is an outdoorsman’s ideal summer escape. Celebrate the region’s patriotic history (it’s been home to figures like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass) with a visit to the Genesee Museum. Then, end the day with lakeside fireworks.

Read more: Natural Beauty, Warm Hospitality, and Lots of Vino in the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes, NY
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What to Budget

The Finger Lakes makes for an easy weekend trip from New York City (it's about a four-hour ride from Manhattan). Flights into the gateway cities of Rochester and Syracuse start at $167 round-trip and $142 round-trip, respectively, for the holiday. We found rates as low as $139 per night at Glass Magnolia B&B, a 19th century-era estate with easy access to Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake. 

 

The Finger Lakes makes for an easy weekend trip from New York City (it's about a four-hour ride from Manhattan). Flights into the gateway cities of Rochester and Syracuse start at $167 round-trip and $142 round-trip, respectively, for the holiday. We found rates as low as $139 per night at Glass Magnolia B&B, a 19th century-era estate with easy access to Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake. 

 

 

 

Long Beach, CA
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Long Beach, CA

Long Beach offers tons to see and do. Start with a gondola ride through the city's winding, man-made canals. Meanwhile, kids and adults alike will appreciate a visit to the Aquarium of Pacific, which is home to sea otters, sharks, jellyfish, and other fascinating creatures. Celebrate the Fourth with a boat ride around Long Beach Harbor, where you can admire the fireworks and take in your surroundings. 

Read more: What to See and Do in Long Beach, California

Long Beach offers tons to see and do. Start with a gondola ride through the city's winding, man-made canals. Meanwhile, kids and adults alike will appreciate a visit to the Aquarium of Pacific, which is home to sea otters, sharks, jellyfish, and other fascinating creatures. Celebrate the Fourth with a boat ride around Long Beach Harbor, where you can admire the fireworks and take in your surroundings. 

Read more: What to See and Do in Long Beach, California

Long Beach, California
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What to Budget

Long Beach is approximately 30 minutes by car from downtown Los Angeles, depending on traffic. We found rooms as low as $96 per night on the Fourth at the Art Deco Hotel Royal, which is just three blocks from the beach and aquarium. If you're looking to splurge a bit more, consider staying at Hotel Maya, which boasts fun, colorful, and modern design elements (from $231 per night). 

Long Beach is approximately 30 minutes by car from downtown Los Angeles, depending on traffic. We found rooms as low as $96 per night on the Fourth at the Art Deco Hotel Royal, which is just three blocks from the beach and aquarium. If you're looking to splurge a bit more, consider staying at Hotel Maya, which boasts fun, colorful, and modern design elements (from $231 per night). 

Nashville, TN
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Nashville, TN

This year, Nashville will honor healthcare workers across the country with a special fireworks display set to music by local artists. While Nashville is still in Phase 2 of reopening as a result of the coronavirus crisis, many restaurants -- including The Cookery (their coffee-rubbed baked fries are to-die-for!), Adele's (don't miss the lamb belly appetizer), and The Cupcake Collection (try the Sweet Lemonade cupcake for a refreshing summer treat) -- are welcoming back patrons for in-house dining.  

Read more: What to See and Do in Nashville

This year, Nashville will honor healthcare workers across the country with a special fireworks display set to music by local artists. While Nashville is still in Phase 2 of reopening as a result of the coronavirus crisis, many restaurants -- including The Cookery (their coffee-rubbed baked fries are to-die-for!), Adele's (don't miss the lamb belly appetizer), and The Cupcake Collection (try the Sweet Lemonade cupcake for a refreshing summer treat) -- are welcoming back patrons for in-house dining.  

Read more: What to See and Do in Nashville

Nashville, TN
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What to Budget

We found round-trip flights from New York City for as low as $97! Meanwhile, the retro-inspired Fairlane Hotel is currently running several promotions to attract travelers (rates from $189 per night). Meanwhile, the stylish Kimpton Aertson, which is located right near Vanderbilt University's campus, has rooms available from $167 per night.

We found round-trip flights from New York City for as low as $97! Meanwhile, the retro-inspired Fairlane Hotel is currently running several promotions to attract travelers (rates from $189 per night). Meanwhile, the stylish Kimpton Aertson, which is located right near Vanderbilt University's campus, has rooms available from $167 per night.

Myrtle Beach, SC
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Myrtle Beach, SC

With miles of pristine beaches (and one of America’s best boardwalks!), Myrtle Beach is a quintessential Independence Day destination. Celebratory events include an afternoon flyover of F-16s, the annual Independence Day 8K, and the Pawleys Island Golf Cart Parade, which features make-shift floats on golf carts and flat-bed trucks.

Read more: 10 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach for Every Age and Personality

With miles of pristine beaches (and one of America’s best boardwalks!), Myrtle Beach is a quintessential Independence Day destination. Celebratory events include an afternoon flyover of F-16s, the annual Independence Day 8K, and the Pawleys Island Golf Cart Parade, which features make-shift floats on golf carts and flat-bed trucks.

Read more: 10 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach for Every Age and Personality

Myrtle Beach
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What to Budget

We found round-trip flights from NYC as low as $89. In terms of accommodations, consider staying at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach, which features a pool, a bar and restaurant, and a central location (just two blocks from the boardwalk!). Rates from $176 per night. 

We found round-trip flights from NYC as low as $89. In terms of accommodations, consider staying at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach, which features a pool, a bar and restaurant, and a central location (just two blocks from the boardwalk!). Rates from $176 per night. 

Bristol, RI
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Bristol, RI

Lined with Colonial and 19th-century architecture, this historic seaside town between Providence and Newport is home to the longest-held 4th of July celebration in the U.S. (The first took place in 1785!) Each year, a parade passes down Main Street, which gets a fresh coat of red, white, and blue painted stripes for the occasion. 

Read more: What to See, Do, and Eat in Newport, RI

Lined with Colonial and 19th-century architecture, this historic seaside town between Providence and Newport is home to the longest-held 4th of July celebration in the U.S. (The first took place in 1785!) Each year, a parade passes down Main Street, which gets a fresh coat of red, white, and blue painted stripes for the occasion. 

Read more: What to See, Do, and Eat in Newport, RI

Bristol, RI
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What to Budget

Bristol is approximately three-and-a-half hours by car from New York City. For a budget-friendly stay, there’s a no-frills, clean, and comfortable Holiday Inn nearby (rates from $112 per night). 

Bristol is approximately three-and-a-half hours by car from New York City. For a budget-friendly stay, there’s a no-frills, clean, and comfortable Holiday Inn nearby (rates from $112 per night). 

Asheville, NC
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Asheville, NC

This hip city, which is flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the pinnacle of new Americana (think rehabbed factories, locavore eats, and microbreweries galore). Kick off the Fourth with a hike on the city’s 3,000-plus miles of free trails. Then, head to nearby Hendersonville for a free fireworks display. 

Read more: Asheville, NC Is The Coolest Town You've Not Yet Visited

This hip city, which is flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the pinnacle of new Americana (think rehabbed factories, locavore eats, and microbreweries galore). Kick off the Fourth with a hike on the city’s 3,000-plus miles of free trails. Then, head to nearby Hendersonville for a free fireworks display.  

Read more: Asheville, NC Is The Coolest Town You've Not Yet Visited

Asheville, NC
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What to Budget

We found round-trip flights from New York City for as low as $149. If you love boutique hotels with character, book a room at the Foundry Hotel, which is housed in the city’s old steel foundry. Rates from $300 per night.

We found round-trip flights from New York City for as low as $149. If you love boutique hotels with character, book a room at the Foundry Hotel, which is housed in the city’s old steel foundry. Rates from $300 per night.

Las Vegas
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Las Vegas, NV

In Sin City, July is prime pool-party season — which (usually) makes Independence Day an epic birthday bash (think dazzling parties, live music, and dancing). However, as a result of the coronavirus, the city has yet to release any updates regarding Independence Day celebrations, so be sure to check back for more information.  

Read more: How to Plan a Trip to Las Vegas

In Sin City, July is prime pool-party season — which (usually) makes Independence Day an epic birthday bash (think dazzling parties, live music, and dancing). However, as a result of the coronavirus, the city has yet to release any updates regarding Independence Day celebrations, so be sure to check back for more information.  

Read more: How to Plan a Trip to Las Vegas

Las Vegas
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What to Budget

Round-trip flights start at $206 from New York City and $119 from LAX. Thrifty Angelenos can also make it a road trip (Vegas is about five hours from LA by car). In terms of accommodations, rooms at the Paris Las Vegas start at $144 per night while rooms at The D Hotel and Casino are available for just $94 per night. 

Round-trip flights start at $206 from New York City and $119 from LAX. Thrifty Angelenos can also make it a road trip (Vegas is about five hours from LA by car). In terms of accommodations, rooms at the Paris Las Vegas start at $144 per night while rooms at The D Hotel and Casino are available for just $94 per night. 

Traverse City, MI
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Traverse City, MI

Summer on Lake Michigan is magical: warm days on the water followed by cool, breezy nights over wine and fireworks. Rather than fight for elbow room at Chicago’s Navy Pier, consider a low-key, tree-trimmed Fourth in Traverse City, where you can kayak, hike, and bike as you take in the stunning surroundings.

Read more: 5 Places You Never Thought to Go Wine Tasting

Summer on Lake Michigan is magical: warm days on the water followed by cool, breezy nights over wine and fireworks. Rather than fight for elbow room at Chicago’s Navy Pier, consider a low-key, tree-trimmed Fourth in Traverse City, where you can kayak, hike, and bike as you take in the stunning surroundings.

Read more: 5 Places You Never Thought to Go Wine Tasting

Traverse City, MI
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What to Budget

We found round-trip flights from New York City for $163. Hotels, like the Quality Inn, have rooms from $177 per night. Alternatively, opt to splurge on a room at Grand Traverse City Resort and Spa (from $300 per night), which is surrounded by rolling greens, Lake Michigan, and other breathtaking scenery. 

We found round-trip flights from New York City for $163. Hotels, like the Quality Inn, have rooms from $177 per night. Alternatively, opt to splurge on a room at Grand Traverse City Resort and Spa (from $300 per night), which is surrounded by rolling greens, Lake Michigan, and other breathtaking scenery. 

Colonial Williamsburg
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Williamsburg, VA

For families and American history buffs, it doesn’t get better than July 4 in Greater Williamsburg. In Colonial WilliamsburgJamestown, and Yorktown, visitors have the opportunity to travel back in time to the colonial age. Meanwhile, outdoor activities include golfing, kayaking, biking, sailing, and fishing.

Read more: 10 Affordable, Family-Friendly US Destinations

For families and American history buffs, it doesn’t get better than July 4 in Greater Williamsburg. In Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, visitors have the opportunity to travel back in time to the colonial age. Meanwhile, outdoor activities include golfing, kayaking, biking, sailing, and fishing.

Read more: 10 Affordable, Family-Friendly US Destinations

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What to Budget

The nearest airports to Williamsburg are Richmond (from $107 round-trip from NYC) and Norfolk (from $185 round-trip). The family-friendly Westgate Resort offers spacious accommodations, an on-site pool, and a central location. Rates from $103 per night; check the property's offers tab for special promotions and packages.

The nearest airports to Williamsburg are Richmond (from $107 round-trip from NYC) and Norfolk (from $185 round-trip). The family-friendly Westgate Resort offers spacious accommodations, an on-site pool, and a central location. Rates from $103 per night; check the property's offers tab for special promotions and packages.

Cape May, NJ
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Cape May, New Jersey

This year, celebrate July 4 with an epic beach getaway! In Cape May, New Jersey, visitors can enjoy soak up the sun on the beach or enjoy the outdoors at the 244-acre Cap May Point State Park. Come nighttime, drive 30 minutes to the 50th St. Beach in Sea Isle City for a fun fireworks display over the ocean. 

Read more: 5 Affordable Beach Towns Across America

This year, celebrate July 4 with an epic beach getaway! In Cape May, New Jersey, visitors can enjoy soak up the sun on the beach or enjoy the outdoors at the 244-acre Cap May Point State Park. Come nighttime, drive 30 minutes to the 50th St. Beach in Sea Isle City for a fun fireworks display over the ocean. 

Read more: 5 Affordable Beach Towns Across America

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What to Budget

Cape May is about a two-and-a-half-hour car ride from NYC, and about 90 minutes from Philadelphia, making it an ideal easy holiday weekend escape. While hotels in Cape May can be pricey (rates tend to average between $300 and $500 per night alone), consider staying in nearby Wildwood (about 20 minutes away by car), where we found rates from $150 per night.

Cape May is about a two-and-a-half-hour car ride from NYC, and about 90 minutes from Philadelphia, making it an ideal easy holiday weekend escape. While hotels in Cape May can be pricey (rates tend to average between $300 and $500 per night alone), consider staying in nearby Wildwood (about 20 minutes away by car), where we found rates from $150 per night.

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