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:
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:
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 airbnb.com/host.