Fourth of July forecast: Italian coastlines and southern cityscapes

Key Takeaways

  • During Independence Day weekend in 2023, family bookings account for the largest share of overall nights booked during the holiday weekend. 
  • Amazing Pools, Lake, Beach and Rare Finds being the most booked Categories this Fourth of July weekend.

Key Takeaways

  • During Independence Day weekend in 2023, family bookings account for the largest share of overall nights booked during the holiday weekend. 
  • Amazing Pools, Lake, Beach and Rare Finds being the most booked Categories this Fourth of July weekend.

With the sun and school both out, the Fourth of July1 is synonymous with the spirit of independence and exploration. As we near the holiday, travelers are increasingly eager to embrace the freedom of travel. According to Airbnb data, searches in Q1 2023 for stays over the July 4th weekend have significantly increased compared to 20222. Whether it’s a road trip along scenic highways, chilling out at a lakeside cabin, or a relaxing poolside getaway, guests are using this time to indulge in the joy of travel and create unforgettable memories. 

Sparking wanderlust: Southern cityscapes, Tuscan sun, and mountainous wonders

Travelers are seeking exciting and vibrant destinations this Fourth of July, and they are looking to share the experiences with loved ones. During Independence Day weekend in 2023, family bookings account for the largest share of overall nights booked during the holiday weekend. 

With Italy’s timeless allure and captivating culture, it comes as no surprise that travelers are seeking la dolce vita in cities like Amalfi, Florence, and Sorrento during the Fourth of July holiday. Guests are also setting their sights on the charming streets of Cincinnati, the Southern charm of Louisville and the mountainous landscapes of Interlaken. Below are some of the top trending destinations US guests are searching for this Independence Day weekend3

  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • Amalfi, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Panama City, FL, United States

Sizzling hot categories: Beach, Amazing Pools, Lakes, and Rare Finds 

It’s clear that US guests are marking Independence Day weekend by warming up the grill in a range of Categories on the platform. In May 2022, we released Airbnb Categories and a new flexible search feature as a way to make it easier to discover millions of homes you never knew existed. This Fourth of July, we encourage guests to use these features as a way to enjoy the weekend away from the tourist hotspots and discover somewhere new. 

Guests are searching for sandy shores, tranquil escapes, and hidden gems with Amazing Pools, Lake, Beach and Rare Finds being the most booked Categories this Fourth of July weekend4. To inspire travels for the upcoming holiday weekend, below are some of the most wishlisted stays in these categories5:

An a-frame cabin sitting room, with a couch - tv - lamp - looking onto the decking and out to the view of the ocean.
Beach Category: The Dune House, Oceanfront A Frame (St. Augustine, FL, United States)
A sitting area with a cream couch looking out to the view of the ocean.
Lakes Category: Luxury Seaside Romantic Getaway (Lopez Island, WA, United States)
A wooden decking with a sitting area and a forest in the background.
Rare Finds Category: Wanderlust Treehouse (Crane Hill, AL, United States)
A pool surrounded by grey pavement and sun loungers with the house in the background.
Amazing Pools Category: Beautiful riverfront mid-century house (Newburgh, NY, United States)
A wooden deck with two chairs looking out to the view of a lake.
Lake Category: Lake Arrowhead Luxury Lakefront Cottage (Waleska, GA, United States)

Fireworks on a budget: Unveiling wallet-friendly stays 

We know the lead up to summer can be an expensive time, but that doesn’t mean travelers need to miss out on planning a Fourth of July getaway. On Airbnb, guests can find a range of options that suit any budget, allowing anyone to celebrate in style without breaking the bank. Airbnb Rooms are a great option for guests looking for affordable options to connect and have authentic experiences with a local. In fact, in 2022 more than 80 percent of private room stays globally were under $100 a night, with an average rate of $67 per night. Here are the top-booked destinations this independence day weekend where guests found a stay under $100 per night6:

  • Denver County, CO
  • Portland, OR
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Houston, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • Lamberton, MN

For those still making their holiday weekend plans, fret not. Below are some affordable stays on Airbnb that can turn your spontaneous getaway into a memorable Fourth of July celebration. To help with the last minute planning, guests can now also save and add notes about favorite listings with our redesigned wishlists introduced in our 2023 Summer Release. Wishlists now include a redesigned interface, one-tap saving, and an improved calendar that shows availability of wishlisted homes. From charming beachside cottages to cozy city apartments, these hidden gems offer comfort, convenience, and budget-friendly options for a fantastic holiday weekend7

A bedroom with a double bed, ceiling fan, tv and two sitting chairs with table.
Tucked Away Stay - Close To Town and In Nature  (Buena Vista, CO, United States)
A sitting room with two white chairs and a palm tree in the corner.
EXCLUSIVE SUITE IN CASA DE 1905 (Colonia Juárez, Ciudad de México, México)
A light green small cabin in the middle of a forest, with two chairs out the front in a sitting area.
Zoe's Little Cabin in the Forest (Port Townsend, WA, United States)
A sitting room with a wooden thatched roof, pictures on the walls and a wooden ladder leading up to the attic.
Ravinia Bungalow (Dallas, TX, United States)
A bedroom with white walls, white bed covers, tv on the wall and desk in the corner.
Beautiful Entire Guest Suite (East Point, GA, United States)

Ignite your earnings and spark joy: Hosting on Airbnb for the Fourth of July

Hosting on Airbnb for July 4th weekend presents a golden opportunity to embrace the spirit of Independence Day while earning extra income. In fact, during Fourth of July weekend in 2022, US Hosts made more than $500 million combined, with a median Host payout of over $1,000 in extra income from the weekend’s stays8. For those planning to be away for the holiday weekend, they can take advantage of this opportunity by making their entire space available for bookings. This way, Hosts can enjoy their own adventure while earning income from travelers eager to embrace the Fourth of July festivities. For anyone interested in hosting, visit

1Fourth of July weekend data in this post is using Airbnb booking and search data by US travelers in Q1 2023 for June 30 – July 4th, 2023 check ins.
2Based on the percentage increase in searches by US guests for stays between June 30 – July 4 2023  compared to searches in Q1 2022 for stays between July 1 – July 5 2022.
3Trending destinations are calculated by the growth in searches between Q1 2022 by Airbnb guests in the US for check-in between July 1- July 5 2022, compared to searches in 2023 for check-in between June 30 thru July 4, 2023.
4Most booked Categories for travel during June 30 through July 4, 2023.
5Most wishlisted stays in the Amazing Pools, Beach, Lake, and Rare Find Categories in Q1 2023 by US guests.
6Destinations calculated by the highest number of nights booked in Q1 2023 under $100 USD per night, by US Guests for check ins between June 30 – July 4, 2023.
7Most wishlisted stays with a daily price under $100 check ins between June 30- July 4, 2023. Price does not include cleaning fees, taxes or Airbnb fees.
8According to internal Airbnb data analyzing 2022 US Host payouts for stays that occurred between July 1 – July 5 2022.