25 Last-Minute Vacation Rentals for a Fourth of July Getaway

Beautiful Direct Gulf Front Condo, Sanibel Island, Florida
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You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a fabulous Fourth of July getaway. In many places, it’s still possible to find accommodations well under $200 per night for the popular holiday weekend. The price drops substantially lower if you can round up a few fellow travelers and split the cost of a rental with more people. Scouring such sites as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and more, we’ve found 25 places where it’s possible to book a budget-friendly holiday getaway. All costs are based on rentals for the dates of June 30 through July 5, and were researched in late May.

These options are representative of what can be booked. Prices and availability are subject to change.

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Luxurious Retreat, Wilmington, North Carolina
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Wilmington, North Carolina

Price per night: $130

A port city with a historic downtown and a river walk lined with restaurants, galleries and shops, Wilmington is consistently recognized as one of the top places to go for the Fourth of July. This luxe retreat in the heart of historic riverfront Wilmington will set you back just $130 per night. The 650-square-foot condo (one block from the riverfront) is a designer-decorated, two-story Manhattan-style loft. Details include exposed brick walls in the living room, bedroom, and bathroom and refinished hardwood floors.

The Gallery, Addison, Texas
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Addison, Texas

Price per night: $170

A community a few minutes north of Dallas that has come to be known as “Kaboom Town,” Addison is an incredibly popular Fourth of July destination. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a place to stay here that’s within your budget. A fully furnished executive condo in Addison lists for $170 per night. What’s more, the two-bedroom condo sleeps five people. The property is located in the heart of Addison’s nightlife and provides views of Addison Circle Park.

1 Alpine Terrace, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Price per night: $195

Nature at its finest, a Lake Tahoe holiday getaway will put you in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for the holiday weekend, where hiking, enjoying the beaches surrounding the lake and exploring Emerald Bay State Park are just some of the options. A condo that sleeps seven in Alpine Terrace be rented for $195 per night. Property highlights include a sunny deck for barbecues and its location, just minutes from the lake and Incline Village beaches.

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Center of Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri
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St. Louis

Price per night: $89

A hip apartment in the center of downtown, this listing is just $89 per night, and it sleeps six people. You can do the math on how cheap that is. The property is within minutes of the Arch, as well as Busch Stadium. Amenities include televisions with Roku in both the living and bedroom areas and a fully equipped kitchen. St. Louis, meanwhile, throws a 2½-day Fourth of July party, known as “America’s Biggest Birthday Party.”

KABINO, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Driggs, Idaho

Price per night: $176

Take the family to explore the great outdoors over the Fourth of July holiday near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a destination that’s home to two of the country’s most popular national parks — Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. A first-floor condo near Teton Canyon and multiple restaurants and dining options is available for under $180 per night over the holiday. The accommodation sleeps four and also includes a full kitchen and more than 700 square feet of living space. Activities nearby include mountain biking, trout fishing, hiking, and golfing.

Kentucky Retreat, Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Bowling Green, Kentucky

Price per night: $75

For nearly 50 years, Bowling Green has been hosting an annual Fourth of July Thunderfest, an event that includes food trucks, music and fireworks, as well as kids activities. Accommodation options over the holiday include a one-bedroom retreat in the city that sleeps four. The property is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in Mitchell Heights, a subdivision in the middle of Bowling Green close to attractions.

Historic Condo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Price per night: $189

A city rich with Revolutionary War history, Boston is a wildly popular place to celebrate America’s independence. Highlights of the city’s celebration include the Boston Harborfest and the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. While in Beantown, bunk in a sunny, 700-square-foot apartment in a historic, brick, bow front building that’s been totally renovated. Details include hardwood floors, marble steps, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wainscoting, and period moldings.

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Oceanfront Studio, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Price per night: $165

Sixty miles of beaches, celebrity-designed golf courses, a boardwalk, arcades, and one of the country’s biggest Ferris wheels — not a bad place to spend a holiday weekend, right? This oceanfront studio right on the boardwalk sleeps four people. The studio, which includes a queen bed and a queen sleeper sofa, puts you in the heart of Myrtle Beach’s attractions including restaurants, amusement parks, and bars.

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Orange House, New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans

Price per night: $125

The Orange House in the Bywater is an Airbnb Plus listing. The stylish one-bedroom property, filled with a mix of antiques, modern conveniences and quirky art, is walking distance from the French Quarter. There’s a full kitchen, full bathroom and queen bedroom. New Orleans hosts a variety of Fourth of July activities and events with perhaps the biggest party taking place on the banks of the Mississippi. The annual Go Fourth on the River fest includes dueling barges putting on a fireworks show.

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Sleek Studio, Chicago, Illinois
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Price per night: $181

A sleek studio near the iconic Magnificent Mile, this property sleeps four people. It’s many notable amenities include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a smart television with cable, freshly roasted coffee, Casper beds, Frette linens, a washer and dryer, and even Malin + Goetz bath products. Highlights of the city’s holiday celebrations include fireworks at Navy Pier, special concerts, and lake cruises.

Historic Logan Flat, Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C.

Price per night: $120

The nation’s capital is another great choice for celebrating the country’s birthday. Stay in an authentic Victorian row home flat while visiting. The one-bedroom, garden-level apartment includes a kitchen, living and dining area as well as a pull-out double sofa. The holiday celebrations in the city are endless, including a National Independence Day parade; the Capitol Fourth concert, and fireworks over the city’s famed monuments.

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Downtown Condo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee

Price per night: $175

This legendary country music city, home to the famous Grand Ole Opry, will celebrate Fourth of July with a day of family fun, live music, and, of course, fireworks. Bring friends and stay in a 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom renovated home in the middle of Nashville’s Five Points/Fatherland District. The property sleeps six people.

Charming Condo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg, Virginia

Price per night: $120

Another city that played a role in the American Revolution, Williamsburg is home to a historic district and a living-history museum. Stay in a 380-square-foot condo less than 1 mile from the living history museum and other landmarks. Located in a quiet resort community with lush landscaping, the condo accommodates two people.

Montrose Cottage, Houston, Texas
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Price per night: $124

Houston’s attractions include a vibrant arts scene complete with a designated museum district; dozens of award-winning restaurants; and Space Center Houston, which is the official visitor center for NASA Johnson Space Center. For just $124 per night stay in a 500-square-foot cottage with gated private patio and a gas barbecue grill that sleeps three people. The cottage is just a half-mile from a beautiful bayou, and walking and bicycle trails.

Beautiful Direct Gulf Front Condo, Sanibel Island, Florida
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Sanibel Island, Florida

Price per night: $186

If strolling along the beach collecting seashells is an activity you enjoy, put Sanibel Island on your radar. The city is famous for beaches loaded with shells that have washed ashore from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s also known for the 19th century Sanibel Lighthouse. For less than $200 per night, stay in a one-bedroom penthouse condominium that’s been completely redecorated and overlooks a white-sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

1 BR Overlooking George Fazio Golf Course, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Hilton Head, South Carolina

Price per night: $187

Hilton Head is a place of stunning beauty. Part of South Carolina’s Lowcountry region, there are 12 miles of beaches on the island, as well as dozens of golf courses. For the holiday weekend, there will be fireworks, a parade, and more. Stay at a one-bedroom condominium overlooking the George Fazio Golf Course for $187 per night. The property, which accommodates four people, includes two beds and 1½ baths, as well as a fully appointed kitchen and private patio.

Charming Bungalow with Country Porch, San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio

Price per night: $98

A city with a rich colonial heritage, San Antonio is of course home to the Alamo, the Spanish mission dating back to the 18th century. The city’s hopping RiverWalk pedestrian promenade is another popular attraction. Stay in a charming bungalow in a historic San Antonio neighborhood for under $100 a night. The property is walking distance to gourmet restaurants, the River Walk, and downtown. The 1,100-square-foot space includes one bedroom, two bathrooms, large kitchen, dining room and washer and dryer.

Guest Home, St. Augustine, Florida
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St. Augustine, Florida

Price per night: $147

A destination that claims to be the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is known for its historic downtown. And come Fourth of July, that downtown is flooded with visitors who arrive to see the fireworks display. But even with its popularity, there are plenty of budget-friendly accommodations. Among the notable options is an entire guest house that lists for under $150 per night. The one-bedroom, two-bathroom property sleeps three people and is just one block from a range of cultural and culinary offerings.

Fog Wash Cottage, Newport, Oregon
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Newport, Oregon

Price per night: $184

A destination known for having one of the largest fireworks displays on Oregon’s central coast, Newport is a scenic city that’s home to the state’s tallest lighthouse. If you go, consider this one-bedroom, 1,026-square-foot coastal duplex. The ground-level accommodation with a comfortable living area offers nearby beach access and can host up to three people. It’s also dog-friendly (for a fee.)

Exquisite Home, Atlanta, Georgia
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Price per night: $116

A city that travel site Skyscanner says is one of the best places in the country to take in a Fourth of July fireworks display, Atlanta also offers plenty of budget-friendly rentals, such as this stylish apartment close to downtown. The chic one-bedroom property sleeps four guests and includes a full-kitchen, balcony, and pool access.

Private & Peaceful, San Francisco, California
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San Francisco

Price per night: $159

Another city known for its impressive fireworks show, San Francisco may have a reputation for being one of the most expensive places in the country, but it’s still possible to find a budget-friendly vacation rental here. Stay in a cozy and peaceful garden apartment for just $159 per night. The one-bedroom accommodation includes a dining room, living room with smart TV, and a private garden.

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2 Bedroom Apt, Minneapolis
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Price Per Night: $87

Stay in Minneapolis’ arts district over the holiday weekend in a stylish two-bedroom apartment that accommodates six guests. This listing from an Airbnb superhost (which means they are highly rated and committed to providing a great stay) is walking distance to bars, some of the city’s best restaurants and local shopping. As for Fourth of July happenings, the city’s Red, White and Boom event on the downtown riverfront is the biggest party, featuring live music, food, and activities for the whole
family with fireworks finale.

The Lodge Alley Inn, Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina

Price Per Night: $112

It’s not every day that you get to stay in a restored 18th century warehouse in the heart of old Charleston. The one-bedroom listing (located amid a collection of restored warehouses) sleeps four people and provides guests with modern-day comforts while also maintaining the historic charm of the space. Added bonus — it is just steps from Charleston Harbor, the Market, and Rainbow Row.

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Family-Friendly Condo, Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida

Price Per Night: $119

Two words: Walt Disney. No make that six words: Walt Disney for Fourth of July. Your kids will love you forever. Stay in a family-friendly condo just 1 mile from Walt Disney at Grande Villas Resort, which features two outdoor pools and mini-golf for the kids. The 400-square foot condo includes one-bedroom, one-bathroom and can sleep four people. It’s amenities include a luxe Roman Tub, walk-in shower, and screened Porch.

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Luxury Condo, Las Vegas
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Las Vegas

Price Per Night: $98

Fireworks, casinos and nightclubs that are jumping all night long, Las Vegas offers yet another entertainment filled option for the Fourth of July. Stay in a luxury condo just two minutes off the Strip to save money. This one-bedroom, one-bathroom listing includes a shaded patio, a fully stocked kitchen (so you can cook your own meals) and an in-unit washer and dryer.

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