The best time to book a Fourth of July vacation

May 23, 2014 |

After a busy first half of the year, you’re probably ready to start planning vacation getaways to give you a little rest and relaxation. In 2014, July 4 falls on a Friday, and that means you’ll have a long weekend ahead of you and ample time to escape your busy work life for a few days.

According to the New York Times, those planning to head out on vacation for the Fourth of July should start booking around the end of May, as it’s the best time to find sales and lower-priced airfare tickets. Aim to book your flight during the week beginning on Memorial Day to save yourself money.

The source stated by by purchasing your plane tickets between May 26 and June 1. you’ll likely be able to save more than $100 on each reservation as the price of tickets typically rises following this time frame. Booking more than 30 days in advance will also allow travelers to choose more convenient flight times and avoid longer layovers.

Independence Day getaways
Don’t know where to spend the holiday? There are a number of celebrations held in cities throughout the country:

  • Cape Cod is a great place to celebrate July 4. There are day events in communities such as Martha’s Vineyard, Falmouth and Nantucket. With parades, picnics and fairs, this is a sure way to enjoy the holiday while relaxing along the shore.
  • Boston is home to the American Revolution, so it would only make sense to spend Independence Day there. The city is full of history and has more than 200 events to commemorate the Revolution and Fourth of July. Celebrate the city’s colonial heritage on the waterfront and Harbor Islands and check out the annual turnaround of the USS Constitution.
  • Chicago holds an annual fireworks display that’s unlike any other. The best view is on Navy Pier as the spectacle takes place over the waters of Lake Michigan.
  • Philadelphia is the former capital and where the Founding Fathers took many of the steps toward becoming an independent nation. This iconic city is a great place to celebrate the history of the U.S. on July 4.
  • Of course, there’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than in the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C., has a parade as well as fireworks display on the National Mall where thousands of tourists gather after spending the day wandering through museums and national monuments.

Those looking for a more low-key vacation should head to destinations such as Imperial Beach in San Diego, Lake Powell, Utah; Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, California; Monument Valley at the Arizona-Utah border, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Black Hills in South Dakota and West Palm Beach, Florida.