6 Last Minute Fourth of July Trip Ideas

Where to stay, eat, and celebrate this 4th of July

Patriotism is relative. Just because you haven’t made plans for 4th of July weekend yet doesn’t mean you love your country any less. And planning a weekend away in honor of the red, white, and blue at the last minute doesn’t mean the trip should be any less fabulous.

Whether you feel like packing up the car or making sure the bottles in your carry-on are less than 3 oz., there are great trips and deals to be had from a 4th of July BBQ at your hotel in Arizona to a quaint, countryside Independence Day with afternoon tea in Vermont and from a sleek and delicious weekend in San Francisco to a fireworks display from your hotel’s rooftop in Manhattan.


Palm Springs

If you forgot to rent a summer house in Malibu this year (slacker), get out of town by taking advantage of the gloriously discounted rates at hotels in Palm Springs. Yes — the heat is intense, but it just means that you’ll spend your days in air conditioning or pools and your nights outside beneath the stars. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/swang168)

The Ace Hotel is a haven for cool, hip, in-the-know people from near and far. Available rates for 4th of July weekend start at $235/night and give you access to two pools, fantastic food, and serious drinks.

The Parker Palm Springs (pictured) exists for a more luxurious, mod set with a gorgeous spa, huge pool, and

colorful 70s vibe. Available rates for the holiday weekend start at $309/night and with their “Mini Bar,” Norma’s, and Mister Parker’s — you’ll be eating well and tanning well, all while supporting your country.

How to celebrate? Catch a glimpse of the locals at the All American Fourth of July at the Palm Springs Stadium or the Palm Desert Independence Day Celebration (at Civic Center Park). (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Grant Lindsay)


New York

Heading to the big city for Independence Day? The options are endless — whether you catch the iconic hot dog eating contest on Coney Island or watch fireworks from a rooftop. Many New Yorkers skip town, meaning hotels are doling out discounts for savvy city-lovers.

The modern, cool Hotel on Rivington offers American cuisine from Co-Op Food and Drink, an unbeatable location, and spectacular views. Available rates start at $292/night giving you a whole

weekend to figure out which of the many ideal vantage points you’ll take for the fireworks.

Situated over the much-loved Highline, The Standard is a perfect weekend home for fun-loving, New York-bound patriots. Available rates start from $295/night, giving you access to the hotel’s Standard Grill and Biergarten — cheers, America! (Photo courtesy of Flickr/1hr photo)

How to celebrate? The Big Apple knows how to celebrate with Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks and the Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. You can also view fireworks from the Hudson Terrace.



Trade in the city for a weekend in favor of Maine’s inherent pleasures. Play a round of golf, take a swim, try your hand at hauling lobster, or go for a hike — just leave your phone in your room.

The Samoset Resort in Camden is a restored historic property with on-site golf, fresh and local foods served poolside or in their various restaurants, and a kid’s club. Available 4th of July weekend rates start at $299/night.

New England luxury is at its most classic at The Inn at Ocean’s Edge. Outdoor activities abound and

dining on fresh seafood is inevitable. With available rates starting at $250/night, you’ll be dining on fresh fruit scones and locally-sourced coffee in no time.

How to celebrate? Camden’s celebrations are musical ones, from the Rotary Club’s “Music by the Sea” to the Motown-inspired Junior Walker’s All Stars in concert with a fireworks finish. Dancing in the streets is heavily encouraged as is getting a good seat for the Small Town 4th of July Parade. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/NixBC)


San Francisco

 Known far and wide as a (mostly) health conscious, food-loving city, San Francisco is a great stomping ground for patriotic, fun-loving West Coasters. Whether you explore Chinatown, hit the shops at Union

Square, or sample the seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf, the small city packs a punch.

The sleek Clift Hotel, designed by Philippe Starck, is located on Nob Hill, which positions you well for the best sights and eats in the city. With available 4th of July weekend rates starting from $240/night, you’ll be slurping up oysters, tasting those famous garlic fries, and sipping wines from just up north in no time.

How to celebrate? Fireworks are infinitely more beautiful with the San Francisco Symphony playing in the background. Check out the 4th of July Waterfront Festival and the Fillmore Jazz Festival, while you’re there. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/chadedwardus)