Here are some of the easiest weekend trips, based on where you live, if you are late to the game in booking your holiday escape.
Denver, CO -- Vail, Colorado
Just 2.5 hours up the mountain, Vail is full of celebration on July 4th weekend. From fireworks to parades to slope-side barbecues, you'll be sure to find patriotic parties across the entire Vail Valley. Check out the America Days celebration, the Golden Peak Fireworks and the Pig Roast at The Sebastian.
Los Angeles, CA -- Santa Barbara, California
If you're willing to brave some traffic then head north to the Wharf's of Santa Barbara for live music and fireworks. Stroll the landmark farmer's market, grab brunch by the beach at Boathouse, then head to Stearns Wharf for the fireworks.
New York, NY -- Long Branch, New Jersey
Less than two hours south of the city by either train or boat is a small beach town with big vibes. Book your stay at the Bungalow Hotel located within Pier Village, an oceanside shopping and restaurant oasis. Pop over to Asbury Park for dinner at Langosta Lounge and a night on the town. Of course, celebrate the 4th with fireworks on the beach.
San Francisco, CA -- Lake Tahoe
of course get ready for the light show on the night of the 4th. With tons of scenic spots, hiking trails, and even a beach, Lake Tahoe offers endless activities for a quick weekend escape.
Boston, MA -- Nantucket, MA
Full disclosure, Nantucket is a popular spot so finding last minute lodging might be a bit difficult but AirBnB is always a good option for the late bookers. Hop on the ferry from Hyannis or find a last minute flight to get on island. It will be bustling over the holiday with Main Street Celebrations all day on the 4th and fireworks on July 5th off Jetties Beach. Be sure to hit Cisco Brewers for drinks and food trucks.
Washington, DC -- Stay Put!
Where better to celebrate U.S. independence than our nation's capital? Every year the city hosts the National Independence Day Parade to celebrate America's birthday. The parade is full of bands, floats, military units, and even celebrity participants. Head over to the Georgetown waterfront for a drink and a good meal, plus a great view of the fireworks.
Happy 4th of July!