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Sunrise over the airfield in Columbus, Ohio from a drone.

Fireworks, BBQs, and good ol’ American fun – the Fourth of July is just around the corner! And you know what that means – the skies (and airports) are about to get a whole lot busier. If you’re one of the 170,000 lucky folks jetting off from John Glenn International Airport or Rickenbacker Passenger Terminal this Independence Day week, we’ve got your back with some star-spangled travel tips:

  1. Packing like a Patriot: Start with an empty bag! It’s like a blank canvas for your awesome vacation wardrobe. This way, you won’t accidentally bring any party fouls (ahem, fireworks or firearms) that’ll cause a scene at the security checkpoint. Remember, leave the sparklers at home, and pack only the essentials for a smooth takeoff!
  1. Parking pro-tip: Give yourself plenty of time to find your perfect parking spot. We’re talking at least 90 minutes early for domestic flights, and a whole 2 hours for international adventures. Check out our homepage at to scope out your parking options and even use our handy-dandy cost calculator.
  1. TSA readiness: Remember, TSA is here to keep us safe. Before you head to the airport, double-check their website for a list of approved and not-approved items. And while you’re at it, check out the average wait times on our website. Remember, these are just averages, so give yourself a little wiggle room (we highly recommend arriving at least 90 minutes prior to departure to avoid any mishaps).
  1. Stay in the Loop: Download your airline’s mobile app and become the captain of your own flight updates! You’ll get real-time notifications on gate changes, delays, and maybe even a surprise upgrade (fingers crossed!).

With a little planning and these patriotic tips, your Fourth of July getaway is sure to be a blast! Still deciding on where to go? We’ve got you covered with 53 nonstop destinations to choose from – whether it’s a beach bash in Florida, a mountain retreat in Colorado, or a historical adventure in Washington D.C., the possibilities are endless. Check out some of our most star-spangled destinations below!

So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready for an unforgettable Independence Day celebration! Happy travels, and remember: leave the fireworks to the professionals. 😉

Nonstop to the perfect 4th of July vacation

Whether you’re looking for fireworks on the beach or a cookout in the city, these destinations are some of the most sought-after places for the 4th of July holiday. Best part? You can fly to them nonstop from Columbus!

Golden yellow, red, orange, and green fireworks light up the sky over the Capital building in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. – Celebrate Independence Day at its birthplace! Witness the iconic fireworks display over the National Mall, explore historical landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and the White House, and enjoy patriotic parades and concerts.

Get there daily with United (IAD), American or Southwest (DCA). 

Bright red and blue fireworks light up the sky over the Brooklyn Bridge. The skyline of New York City is lit up in the background.

New York City: Experience a dazzling spectacle of fireworks over the East River, with the iconic skyline as a backdrop. Enjoy rooftop parties, street festivals, and the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show.

Get there daily with American or Delta (JFK or LGA), Spirit (LGA), or United (EWR).

A fireworks display lights up the sky over Boston.

Boston: Immerse yourself in history and patriotism in this Revolutionary city. Attend the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, a free outdoor concert accompanied by a stunning fireworks display. Explore historical sites like the Freedom Trail and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

Get there daily with American or Delta.

A fireworks display lights up the sky over Nashville.

Nashville: Celebrate with a bang in Music City! Enjoy live music performances, delicious barbecue, and a vibrant atmosphere. Witness the “Let Freedom Sing!” Music City July 4th celebration, featuring a free concert and a spectacular fireworks show.

Get there daily with Southwest.

Bright red, white, and blue fireworks shoot from a barge on the water over San Diego at night.

San Diego: Soak up the sun and enjoy a festive beachside celebration. Witness the “Big Bay Boom” fireworks show, one of the largest in the country, illuminating the San Diego Bay. Explore attractions like the USS Midway Museum and the Gaslamp Quarter.

Get there weekly with Southwest.

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