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

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Nashville, TN
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Nashville, TN

Nashville shines exceptionally bright on July 4th with fireworks displays and fun, festive events. When it comes time to refuel, head to one of the city's best 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).

Nashville shines exceptionally bright on July 4th with fireworks displays and fun, festive events. When it comes time to refuel, head to one of the city's best 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).

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

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

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. 

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cape May, NJ
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Cape May, New Jersey

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 Cape 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. 

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 Cape 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. 

 

 

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