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8 Cheap July 4 destinations

Rebecca Waldron is freelance writer who recently relocated to sunny Chandler, Arizona, from Denver. She enjoys everything from shopping and fashion to learning how to surf, and she loves spending time with her two dogs, Play Doh and Brut...

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July 4 is around the corner! Maybe you're thinking to yourself, "I'm getting pretty tired of the same, old backyard barbecue routine." Looking for a place where can you escape to that isn't terribly overpriced? We've got you covered. Here are some great firework destinations for your July 4 celebrations that are fun and easy on your wallet.

1. Imperial Beach, San Diego

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Ah, who doesn't love the beach during summer? It seriously doesn't get much better then being steps away from the sand, looking off the patio into a picture perfect view of the Pacific Ocean. This July 4, head to San Diego's Imperial Beach where you can reserve a beachfront rental for $900 per week — perfect for a family of four or two couples. Not only can you have fun at the beach, but with Coronado just 10 minutes away, you can also enjoy the awe-inspiring fireworks display over Glorietta Bay.

2. Lake Powell

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The always-gorgeous Lake Powell is a great spot to spend July 4, and a favorite to many locals and tourists alike. With the beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do, you will definitely have a relaxing and carefree vacation. If water sports are your thing, Lake Powell is an absolute must go. This lake is one of the best places for you, your family and friends to go boating, wakeboarding and tubing. Within close proximity to Phoenix and Vegas, this is a perfect budget-friendly getaway for people who love the outdoors.

3. Las Vegas

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Vegas — really? Most definitely! If you want to head to Sin City for the weekend to test your luck, this is your chance to get a sweet deal. Vegas hotels run super affordable specials on July 4 because of the hot temperatures. But who cares about hot weather when you can lounge poolside with a margarita, or bet your luck in an air-conditioned casino. If you want to see some shows and cut loose, Vegas is your place, baby!

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4. Lake Tahoe

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For a lively lake escape, head to Lake Tahoe for July 4 and celebrate our nation's independence at "Lights on the Lake," also known as the largest pyrotechnics show in the West. Over the weekend, Lake Tahoe has unrivaled firework displays on both sides of the lake. However, all the special events will be taking place on the South side. For a cheap place to stay, camp out at the Meeks Bay Resort. You'll get a great Independence Day vacation with beautiful surroundings and an out of this world fireworks show.

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5. Monument Valley

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For a Southwest adventure, travel to Monument Valley. This gorgeous and breathtaking park straddles the Arizona/Utah border and is perfect for a hiking getaway. While there, you can revel in the impressive 400- to 1,000-foot sandstone towers and impressive natural formations. If you need a break from the concrete jungle, head to Monument Valley for some peace and quiet. With several camping options, this getaway is budget-friendly and ideal for getting back to nature.

6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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If you want a beach getaway on the East coast, Myrtle Beach is just the place! There will be plenty of beach celebrations over the July 4 weekend, giving you ample opportunities to kick back and enjoy the water, the weather and the food.

7. Black Hills, South Dakota

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The Black Hills of South Dakota is a fun, family-friendly place to camp this July 4. Not only can you visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, you can also enjoy the stunning national park as well. The Palmer Gulch Resort, with its swimming pools, miniature golf and horse rides, is the place to camp if you want to keep your kids busy all day. If you're searching for the ultimate economical camping trip for the family with sights and activities for everyone, then South Dakota is for you.

8. West Palm Beach, Florida

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West Palm Beach is another primo vacation spot for those looking to head to the beach, complete with many affordable hotels. There will also be plenty of July 4 activities, including the Mega Bash II with "America's Ultimate Journey Tribute Band." In addition to the festivities, you can lounge on the beach and soak up rays beside the Atlantic Ocean. If you're looking for cheap relaxation and fun, you better start planning your July 4 vacation now.

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