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Fourth of July fireworks explode in the sky behind the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument, in Washington D.C.
updated 6/22/2009 10:28:20 AM ET 2009-06-22T14:28:20

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Travel by: Through July 4

The deal
The summer season's biggest party, the Fourth of July, is just a few weeks away. This year, instead of attending the usual backyard barbecues, why not enjoy the long holiday weekend away?

We've rounded up some outstanding Independence Day offers that afford plenty of American pastimes from glittering fireworks displays to carnivals to concerts. Take your pick from New York, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. Or, if you'd rather skip the patriotic festivities and enjoy some easy Caribbean living instead, we've also found a Curaçao trip, valid over the holiday weekend. Rates start from $127/night!

Curaçao: Caribbean island break from $127/night
For a quiet Fourth of July celebration, escape to the Caribbean on a 3-night Curaçao getaway. Book your long weekend stay at the four-star Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club by June 30 and you’ll snag rates from as low as $127/night — that’s 30 percent off rack racks. Resort highlights include an onsite dive shop, daily excursions to island dive sites, poolside massages, and elegantly-appointed guestrooms with balconies or patios. Cheapoair is also offering low round-trip fares to Curaçao, starting at just $335.

New Orleans: French Quarter holiday from $159/night
Need a cure for the summertime blues? Liven up your July 4th holiday with an exciting weekend in the Big Easy. Situated just steps from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter’s lively jazz bars, the historic Queen & Crescent hotel is offering low rates from just $159/night over the holiday weekend. Head out at night to sample Cajun cuisine and pick from an outdoor line-up of free jazz performances, as well as must-see fireworks along the Mississippi. The convenient European-style hotel is within easy walking distance of the river and offers free breakfast and 24-hour valet parking.

Washington, D.C.: National Harbor celebration from $139/night
Kick off your Fourth of July weekend in our nation’s capital with a fun outdoor festival for the entire family. Located just 10 minutes from downtown D.C. in Maryland’s 300-acre National Harbor, the Gaylord National Resort is hosting an exciting outdoor event on July 3rd from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This outdoor festival will feature a kids’ zone with carnival rides, face-painting, live music, barbecue, and a spectacular fireworks display over the Potomac River at sundown. Admission costs just $5 per person. Guestrooms decorated in classic colors of cool ivory, federal blues, and gold are available at reduced rates of just $139/night.

New York: Independence Day at historic hotel from $399/night
The historic New Yorker is inviting its guests to a special Fourth of July celebration this year. With its central Midtown location, this recently-renovated property makes an ideal base for exploring New York.

Guests who book the hotel’s Independence Day package gain entry to a special party suite on the 38th floor, equipped with a balcony overlooking the Hudson, and chow down on a traditional barbecue dinner while watching the city’s spectacular fireworks. Package rates start at $399 per room for an overnight on July 4th.

New York: Fourth of July fireworks over the Hudson from $695/night
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage along the Hudson River, and a spectacular July 4th fireworks extravaganza in New York will celebrate the special occasion. For amazing views of 40,000-plus fireworks over the river, consider a stay at the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel.

The inner workings of fireworks
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The package includes an overnight stay in a Hudson River guestroom with unobstructed river views for the 9 p.m. show and American breakfast for two the following morning. Package rates start at $695/night.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Holiday airfares can be costly. Check ShermansTravel.com for a list of the best fares available to your chosen destination.

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