4th of July falls on a Thursday this year, so why not ask for Friday off and enjoy a long 4-day weekend?

We’ve summed up some of our very favorite Independence Day destinations, which at this moment in time, feature awesome 4th of July travel deals on rentals that still have availability for the weekend.   

San Diego, California
On 4th of July, the sight to see is in the sky, naturally. But which part of the sky? Whether you join the massive crowds at San Diego Bay for the annual “Big Bay Boom” fireworks spectacular, or celebrate America’s birthday at SeaWorld, you’re in for a magical experience. And an affordable one, at that! Check out this 4th of July travel deal:

Washington, DC
You better believe DC knows how to do Independence Day in style, especially following Barack Obama’s historic election. While the main attraction, the fireworks show, is at the National Mall, a mélange of parades, concerts, festivals, and activities lead up to it. Peruse these DC deals for 4th of July:

Manhattan, New York
It’s probably no surprise to you that New York City throws a pretty big birthday bash for America. This year’s pyrotechnics extravaganza can be seen above the Hudson River. Plan to get a good vantage point, but don’t obsess over it, as you don't want to miss out on all the other goings on; there’s always a lot to see and do in NYC, so imagine your options on a holiday weekend. Consider these 4th of July travel deals in the Big Apple:

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville hosts the South’s greatest fireworks show. Head to Riverfront Park for a day full of free music and family fun, and then a spectacular skyward spectacle at night – the city is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual “Let Freedom Sing” event this weekend.

Chicago, Illinois
Enjoy a whirlwind 4th of July vacation in the Windy City! The Taste of Chicago – featuring live music, food and wine tastings, and much more – will still be in progress, and fireworks displays at the lake at Grant Park (July 3rd) and the Navy Pier (July 4th) are must-sees!

Skip out on the backyard BBQ this Saturday by skipping town. With these last-minute 4th of July travel deals, you and your family can make Independence Day the most memorable day of 2013.

Getting away for the holiday with a big group? Then check out our infographic guide to group travel planning.