By Sarah Waffle Gavin, on June 28, 2016

July 4 holiday weekend deals

Independence Day is almost upon us, which means it’s time to light fireworks, wave flags, and spend a whole day (or more!) watching baseball. It also means now is a great time to exercise your independence by booking a (relatively) last-minute getaway for the holiday weekend.

Last week Expedia shared five of the top July 4 package destinations based upon bookings to date. With all of the packages—as with all packages from Expedia in general—travelers save hundreds of dollars by booking their flight and hotel together.

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs California downtown

Expedia’s analysis indicates that savings on travel to this desert city are averaging nearly 25 percent, equating to nearly US$500 saved per booking. One of my personal favorite things about this city is all of the classic 1950s architecture.

Lihue, Hawaii

Lihue Hawaii
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We identified 20 percent average savings per package to the biggest city on the island of Kauai. These savings are equal to US$350. If you’ve never been to Kauai, it’s the lushest of all the Hawaiian Islands. Waimea Canyon, pictured above, is known as the “Grand Canyon of the South Pacific.”

Maui, Hawaii

500px Photo ID: 110116789 - Helicopter ride over Maui

This Hawaiian Island has become one of my favorite places on Earth, and our data indicates that travelers save an average of 15 percent (equal to US$300) when bundling hotel and airfare together. My husband and I took our kids to Maui earlier this year we’ve heard July 4 there is spectacular.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Photo by missbiancaceleste/Instagram

If you’ve never visited this East Coast city, it’s worth a closer look. Expedia analysis shows that bundling hotel and airfare saves you an average of 15 percent on trips to Wilmington. That’s equal to US$250, which goes a long way as spending cash.

Fort Myers, Florida

500px Photo ID: 98206697 - The end of Blue Hour and beginning of Golden Hour just before sunrise at Fort Myers Beach Pier in Fort Myers Beach, FL.

Finally, Expedia data indicates that booking hotel and airfare simultaneously for package deals to this West Florida city will save you an average of 10 percent, equal to US$200. One of the things I love about summer in Florida: It’s never crowded!

Beyond these domestic destinations, international destinations showing particularly strong package savings possibilities include Hong Kong, Cancun, San Jose del Cabo, and Nassau (in the Bahamas). Within Europe, Expedia analysts found solid package savings in Paris, London, Edinburgh, Roman, and Milan.

My colleague, John Morrey, vice president and general manager for Expedia, put it best when he said: “If you book a flight, hotel and car simultaneously, you’re likely to save money versus booking them independently. Package bookings are both the easiest and most consistent way to make budget-conscious travel choices.”

What are you waiting for?

What are your travel plans for the July 4 weekend?