The 21 best places to celebrate the 4th of July this year, ranked from most to least expensive

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesPlan your 4th of July weekend without overspending.
  • People travel all over the US to celebrate the Fourth of July, America’s independence day, every year.
  • HomeToGo ranked the top 21 destinations for the Fourth of July based on popularity and affordability.
  • The best and most affordable places to celebrate July 4 are San Antonio, Texas, followed by St. Louis, Missouri.

America comes together every year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Popular firework destinations usually boost their prices for the holiday, but some big cities get cheaper. For example, accommodations in New Orleans for the Fourth of July are 53% more expensive than at other times, whereas San Francisco is 27% cheaper, reports HomeToGo.

HomeToGo compiled data on everything from accommodation prices to the cost of sparklers to find out which cities are the best for celebrating the Fourth of July.

Best cities to celebrate the 4th of july on a budgetSamantha Lee/Business Insider

Here’s what HomeToGo factored in:

Food and drink: 1/4 gallon milk, bread, 3 eggs, 1/4 lb bananas, 1/4 lb chicken, 1/2 lb beef, 1/4 lb cheese, 1/4 head lettuce, 1/4 pound tomatoes, 1/4 lb onion, 1/4 lb potatoes, and two locally produced beers forone person. Prices sourced from a leading online grocery store.

Accommodations: The average price per-person per-night to stay in a four person space beginning Monday July 2, 2018. Prices sourced from HomeToGo’s booking data for July 2018.

Cost of American flag: A 3′ x 5′ polyester flag including tax. Prices sourced from leading online retailers.

Cost of sparklers: A single box of 10″ colour sparklers including tax. Prices sourced from online fireworks retailer.

Cost of gas per-gallon: The cost of one gallon of regular gas including tax. Prices provided by AAA and calculated on May 29, 2018.

Below, see the total cost and item breakdown of a Fourth of July celebration in 21 US cities.


21. New Orleans, Louisiana

Total cost: $US161.84

Food and drink: $US15.84

Accommodations: $US117

Cost of American flag: $US12.08

Cost of sparklers: $US14.29

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.63


20. Los Angeles, California

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Total cost: $US153.33

Food and drink: $US18.54

Accommodations: $US105

Cost of American flag: $US11.92

Cost of sparklers: $US14.10

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.77


19. New York City, New York

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Total cost: $US134.79

Food and drink: $US20.70

Accommodations: $US85

Cost of American flag: $US11.91

Cost of sparklers: $US14.09

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.09


18. Lake Tahoe, California

Total cost: $US132.23

Food and drink: $US16.34

Accommodations: $US86

Cost of American flag: $US11.92

Cost of sparklers: $US14.10

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.87


17. Houston, Texas

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Total cost: $US129.38

Food and drink: $US13.68

Accommodations: $US87

Cost of American flag: $US11.88

Cost of sparklers: $US14.05

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.77


16. San Diego, California

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Total cost: $US124.25

Food and drink: $US16.47

Accommodations: $US78

Cost of American flag: $US11.92

Cost of sparklers: $US14.10

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.76


15. San Francisco, California

Total cost: $US120.76

Food and drink: $US22.89

Accommodations: $US68

Cost of American flag: $US11.92

Cost of sparklers: $US14.10

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.85


14. Boston, Massachusetts

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Total cost: $US120.07

Food and drink: $US17.42

Accommodations: $US88

Cost of American flag: $US11.67

Cost of sparklers: N/A

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.98


13. Miami, Florida

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Total cost: $US113.30

Food and drink: $US16.76

Accommodations: $US68

Cost of American flag: $US11.73

Cost of sparklers: $US13.87

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.94


12. Nashville, Tennessee

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Total cost: $US109.54

Food and drink: $US13.53

Accommodations: $US67

Cost of American flag: $US12.02

Cost of sparklers: $US14.22

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.77


11. Chicago, Illinois

Total cost: $US107.23

Food and drink: $US15.13

Accommodations: $US63

Cost of American flag: $US11.75

Cost of sparklers: $US13.90

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.45


10. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Total cost: $US106.61

Food and drink: $US16.18

Accommodations: $US62

Cost of American flag: $US11.79

Cost of sparklers: $US13.95

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.69


9. Austin, Texas

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Total cost: $US105.86

Food and drink: $US15.19

Accommodations: $US62

Cost of American flag: $US11.88

Cost of sparklers: $US14.05

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.74


8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Total cost: $US99.71

Food and drink: $US17.09

Accommodations: $US54

Cost of American flag: $US11.68

Cost of sparklers: $US13.81

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.13


7. Atlantic City, New Jersey

Total cost: $US97.95

Food and drink: $US16.41

Accommodations: $US53

Cost of American flag: $US11.70

Cost of sparklers: $US13.85

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.99


6. Denver, Colorado

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Total cost: $US95.41

Food and drink: $US16.77

Accommodations: $US50

Cost of American flag: $US11.81

Cost of sparklers: $US13.97

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.86


5. Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Total cost: $US89.44

Food and drink: $US11.34

Accommodations: $US49

Cost of American flag: $US11.89

Cost of sparklers: $US14.07

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.14


4. Atlanta, Georgia

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Total cost: $US88.25

Food and drink: $US15.66

Accommodations: $US44

Cost of American flag: $US11.77

Cost of sparklers: $US13.92

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.90


3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Total cost: $US84.68

Food and drink: $US14.46

Accommodations: $US41

Cost of American flag: $US11.87

Cost of sparklers: $US14.04

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US3.31


2. St. Louis, Missouri

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Total cost: $US77.46

Food and drink: $US15.86

Accommodations: $US33

Cost of American flag: $US11.86

Cost of sparklers: $US14.03

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.71


1. San Antonio, Texas

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Total cost: $US76

Food and drink: $US13.36

Accommodations: $US34

Cost of American flag: $US11.88

Cost of sparklers: $US14.05

Cost of gas per-gallon: $US2.71

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