LA tops list of July 4 travel hotspots

But the real patriots flock to Philly

America loves LA — still. Nearly 40 years after the release of Randy Newman’s iconic song, the city has surged to number one on the list of CheapOair’s most popular Independence Day travel destinations. And why not? Los Angeles offers perfect July 4 weather (an expected high of 79), themed entertainment (Hollywood Bowl Fireworks Spectacular) and a fireworks show following night games at Dodger Stadium (on July 4 and 5). Not to mention miles of beaches, thousands of hip restaurants and nearby glam cities like Malibu, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

The average roundtrip airfare to LAX currently stands at $279, but as experienced flyers know, prices change daily, if not hourly.

“Independence Day signifies the height of the travel season, as many consumers kick off their summer vacations that weekend,” says CheapOair SVP Tom Spagnola.

“As we get closer to the July 4 holiday, and the busiest summer travel season yet, airline prices are only expected to increase.”

Top 10 Fourth of July Domestic Destinations (Air)

DestinationAverage Roundtrip Airfare
Los Angeles$279
Las Vegas$229
Fort Lauderdale$238


Of the top 10 travel hotspots, Orlando has the most inexpensive average roundtrip airfare, followed closely by Atlanta and Las Vegas. “The average airfare to Las Vegas has decreased by 35% since last summer, making it the second most-booked destination for the holiday,” says Spagnola.

A Philly Fourth

Also on the list — perennial July 4 favorite Philadelphia — the most important city in America during the Revolution. Philadelphia also served as the temporary capital of the U.S. from 1790 to 1800.

downtown Philadelphia park
Visitors stroll through a park in Downtown Philadelphia (Bruce Emmerling)

Philadelphia sparkles over the Fourth of July weekend. Visitors can catch three major fireworks shows, free outdoor concerts as well as outdoor festivals and block parties. The historic city also offers a parade and free entry to local museums and attractions. Two of the fireworks events happen at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River waterfront following free concerts on June 29 and July 1. The third lights up the night sky on July 4 above the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

It’s all part of the six-day  Wawa Welcome America festival — bringing more than 50 free events to Philadelphia in celebration of Independence Day.

True patriots will enjoy a pair of events taking place in the city’s Historic District on July 4. The Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at Independence Hall features special guests, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and music from the Philly POPS Big Band. The Betsy Ross House courtyard, meantime, invites guests to witness 13 children from across the nation become American citizens at a special Children’s Naturalization Ceremony.